Use of Force Statistics

Department policy requires officers to complete a use of force supplementary report any time force above that of simple handcuffing is implemented. This form is submitted to a department supervisor who has been specially trained in use of force investigation. The supervisor reviews all reports, video and audio evidence available and forwards a determination to the Chief of Police as to whether the level of force used was appropriate.

All reports relating to the implementation of force are saved and tracked by Department administration. Special attention is paid to the frequency with which force is used by each officer, as well as any other patterns that may be evident.

In keeping with the McFarland Police Department's desire to be as transparent as possible with the community in terms of its operations, the following statistical information related to the use of force is provided to the public their review.

2019

The McFarland Police Department responded to 8,538 calls for service in 2019. Of these, 36 incidents required a use of force above handcuffing. Below you will find the statistics related to these calls for service.

2018

The McFarland Police Department responded to 8,558 calls for service in 2018. Of these, 23 incidents required a use of force above handcuffing. Below you will find the statistics related to these calls for service.

2017

The McFarland Police Department responded to 6851 calls for service in 2017. Of theses, 26 incidents required a use of force above handcuffing. Below you will find the statistics related to these calls for service.

2016

The McFarland Police Department responded to approximately 6,000 calls for service in 2016. Of these calls for service, there were a total of 25 incidents in which force above the level of handcuffing was implemented. This means that approximately less than one half of a % (.41%) of all incidents handled by the department resulted in a use of force.

The following is some statistical information regarding the use of force by McFarland Police Officers in 2016:

  • Number of use of force incidents in which active countermeasures were used to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 4 (16%)
  • Number of use of force incidents in which a taser was displayed to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 5 (20%)
  • Number of use of force incidents in which a taser was fired to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 0
  • Number of use of force incidents in which a firearm was displayed in response to a potential deadly force situation - 14 (56%)
  • Number of use of force incidents in which a firearm was fired in response to a deadly force situation - 0
  • Number of incidents in which O.C. Spray was deployed in response to a potential deadly force situation - 2 (8%)
  • Number of use of force incidents in which the suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs - 10 (40%)
  • Number of use of force incidents involving a suspect who was potentially emotionally or mental disturbed - 12 (48%)
  • Number of use of force incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian male - 20 (80%)
  • Number of use of force incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian female - 1 (4%)
  • Number of use of force incidents involving a suspect who was an African American male - 6 (24%)
  • Number of use of force incidents involving a suspect who was an African American female - 0
  • Number of use of force incidents involving a suspect who was a Hispanic male - 0
  • Number of use of force incidents involving a suspect who was a Hispanic female - 1 (4%)

Note: Some incidents involved more than one suspect.

  • Number of Use of Force incidents precipitated by:
    • Vehicle Pursuit - 5 (20%)
    • Armed subject - 4 (16%)
    • Warrant Execution - 2 (8%)
    • Foot Pursuit / Fleeing Suspect - 4 (16%)
    • Felony Traffic Stop - 3 (12%)
    • Actively Fighting with Officers - 4 (16%)
    • Fugitive Apprehension - 1 (4%)

2015

  • Total number of use of force incidents - 16
  • Number of incidents in which active countermeasures were used to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 5
  • Number of incidents in which a taser was displayed to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 2
  • Number of incidents in which a taser was fired to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 0
  • Number of incidents in which a firearm was displayed in response to a potential deadly force situation - 9
  • Number of incidents in which a firearm was fired in response to a deadly force situation - 0
  • Number of incidents in which the suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs - 9
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was potentially emotionally or mental disturbed - 4
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian male - 9
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian female - 2
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was an African American male - 4
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Hispanic male - 1

2014

  • Total number of use of force incidents - 15
  • Number of incidents in which active countermeasures were used to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 4
  • Number of incidents in which a taser was displayed to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 1
  • Number of incidents in which a taser was fired to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 2
  • Number of incidents in which a firearm was displayed in response to a potential deadly force situation - 8
  • Number of incidents in which a firearm was fired in response to a deadly force situation - 0
  • Number of incidents in which the suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs - 5
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was potentially emotionally or mental disturbed - 3
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian male - 12
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian female - 2
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was an African American male - 1

2013

  • Total number of use of force incidents - 18
  • Number of incidents in which active countermeasures were used to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 6
  • Number of incidents in which a taser was displayed to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 3
  • Number of incidents in which a taser was fired to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 0
  • Number of incidents in which a firearm was displayed in response to a potential deadly force situation - 9
  • Number of incidents in which a firearm was fired in response to a deadly force situation - 0
  • Number of incidents in which the suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs - 12
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was potentially emotionally or mental disturbed - 4
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian male - 11
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian female - 1
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was an African American male - 3
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was an African American female - 1
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Hispanic male - 1
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was an American Indian male - 1

2012

  • Total number of use of force incidents - 11
  • Number of incidents in which active countermeasures were used to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 5
  • Number of incidents in which a taser was displayed to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 2
  • Number of incidents in which a taser was fired to control a subject displaying active resistance or aggression towards another individual or officer - 0
  • Number of incidents in which a firearm was displayed in response to a potential deadly force situation - 4
  • Number of incidents in which a firearm was fired in response to a deadly force situation - 0
  • Number of incidents in which the suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs - 6
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was potentially emotionally or mental disturbed - 0
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian male - 8
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was a Caucasian female - 1
  • Number of incidents involving a suspect who was an African American male - 2