Only a Fraction of Georgia Police Report Use-of-Force Data to the FBI

Investigative
INVESTIGATION
JUSTICE & CIVIL RIGHTS
POLITICS & POLICY
SOCIAL ISSUES
TAXES,MONEY & GOVERNMENT
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Key Points
  • There’s no authoritative database to track police use of force data at a state or national level.
  • Participation in the only federal database by agencies is voluntary and the buy-in low.
  • Police chiefs and reform advocates alike say they want better data collection.
  • 57 out of 774 agencies in Georgia participated in providing use-of-force data to the FBI in 2021.
Georgians can compare the successes and failures of most government services when deciding where to live, but residents can’t easily know if their police department has a good track record when it comes to killing or seriously injuring people. Without authoritative data to inform better police practices, criminal justice reform is difficult to craft, let ...

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