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Video: DOJ Wants to Standardize Scattered Police Use-of-Force Data Reporting

November 13, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Police Use-of-Force Data Scattered, DOJ Wants to Standardize Reporting

The reporting of use-of-force by law enforcement across the country is fragmented, making it nearly impossible to track and compare agencies, according to a national investigation by ABC15 Phoenix and other Scripps television stations.

The scattered system now has the Department of Justice working to develop a way to standardize use-of-force reporting.

"Would I like to see some standardization? Yeah," said Richard Beary, President of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police. "I think it would be a whole lot simpler to look at the data and understand it."

The move to standardize the reporting of use-of-force incidents comes amidst the nation's heightened focus on police force. Cell phones and officers' body cameras are capturing incidents more than ever, and the internet providing a platform for police interactions to quickly go viral.

"They've got to be the same or the public will not trust us," said Jeff Hynes, a criminal justice professor and former Phoenix Police commander. "If the data being presented is so different, the public is going to look at us and say, 'That's not being transparent.' (They will ask), 'Why is yours so different than the other agency?'"

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kevCopAz @ 11/14/2015 8:04 AM

Reporting OK Federal control NO, another way DOJ wants to interfere with local Law Enforcement. We should tell them to keep their funding, keep their Feds out of our face. They will count UOF incidents even when we use a curse word or are "insensitive" to a person. This is BS Look what it has done on a smaller scale with MCSO(Local Sheriff's Dept) the cops have to fill out a "form" (report) each and every time that they contact anyone. Most Deputies just stop contacting, easy to stay out of trouble. This is what the standardized Federal programs and over sight bring to police work. The Feds if left unfettwered will destroy on view and aggressive police work and simcity will suffer. No real disrespect meant but any LEO knows that ANY Federal Law Enforcement agency is bloated, slow to do anything and takes forever to make case. We at the local level do not have the time and the resources to play that "nothing really gets done" game. You all know it. Look at Education/etc all "F" up!

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