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With the right reporting tool, agencies can easily leverage bulk submission features and drastically reduce reporting time


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By Lori Cox for Police1 BrandFocus

In 2019, the FBI launched its National Use-of-Force Data Program, in which federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and investigative agencies can voluntarily submit use-of-force data.

Agencies who report data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection Program benefit from proactively sharing statistics with the community, nationwide standardized reporting and training analysis.
Agencies who report data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection Program benefit from proactively sharing statistics with the community, nationwide standardized reporting and training analysis. (Courtesy/Mark43)

On May 25, 2022, two years after the murder of George Floyd, President Biden signed “a historic executive order (EO) to advance effective, accountable policing and criminal justice practices that will build public trust and strengthen public safety.” The EO stated mandatory monthly use-of-force data submission to the FBI for federal law enforcement agencies, positioning them as role models for state and local agencies.

Some agencies may be hesitant to share use-of-force data, but agencies (state, local and federal) who report data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection Program benefit from:

  • Proactively sharing statistics with the community. Stand at the podium with facts, not anecdotes, when meeting with the community
  • Nationwide standardized reporting. Benefit from an apples-to-apples comparison of data between agencies using the same data sets
  • Training analysis. Validate agency training to discover what is working, what isn’t working, who needs more training and how to adjust training to benefit more team members

Without tools, it takes approximately 38 minutes to report an incident

To properly report national trends, the program collects a minimum of 27 different pieces of data per use-of-force event, including:

  • 12 general data points about the incident
  • 8 data points about suspects involved
  • 7 data points about each law enforcement official involved

The collection and validation of this data can take a significant amount of time if done by hand. Data must first be collected and validated, and then incident data can be individually submitted to the program.

Using the FBI’s use-of-force web application interface, it takes approximately 38 minutes per incident to report use-of-force incidents to the program. With the right reporting tool, agencies can easily leverage the bulk submission feature and drastically reduce reporting time.

Introducing Mark43 Use of Force Reporting

Mark43 Use of Force Reporting is an easy-to-use data aggregation tool that enables agencies to track and monitor use-of-force events. Agencies can quickly write use-of-force reports, track reports through a multi-level approval process, and export the data in an FBI-compliant digital format for quick upload into the National Use-of-Force Data Collection program. Mark43 Use of Force Reporting provides agencies with streamlined dashboards to provide a consolidated view of use-of-force reports, behavioral crisis reports, traffic stops and more. Agencies can easily synthesize use-of-force event data to inform policy development, training programs, performance metrics and accountability.

About the author

Lori Cox is product manager, RMS Compliance at Mark43.

To learn more, visit mark43.com.

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