Fewer than Half U.S. Police Agencies Participated in FBI Use-of-Force Survey

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The FBI says it will not yet release data from a national survey on police use of force because agencies comprising only 41 percent of police officers in the U.S. have voluntarily submitted reports.

The bureau says 5,043 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies provided data for 2019 on actions that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury of a person, or the discharge of a firearm at or in the direction of a person.

The FBI started the project after major law enforcement organizations complained about the lack of nationwide data.

When 80 percent of officers are represented by submitted data, aggregate use-of-force data “may be presented,” the FBI says.

There are about 18,000 law enforcement agencies and 860,000 officers in the U.S.

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