FBI releases UOF data from 2021, first quarter of 2022

Last year, over 8,000 law enforcement agencies voluntarily submitted data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection


By Police1 Staff 

QUANTICO, Va. — On Tuesday, the FBI released a new report from the National Use-of-Force Data Collection. The report includes data from 2021 and the first quarter of 2022.  

According to the release, 8,226 law enforcement agencies voluntarily submitted data in 2021 and 6,773 agencies have submitted data so far in 2022, representing 60% and 40% respectively of all law enforcement agencies across federal, state, local, tribal and university jurisdictions. The agencies submitted data about uses of force that resulted in death or serious bodily injury, or the discharge of a firearm in the direction of a person. 

Here are some notable takeaways: 

  • 50.7% of use-of-force incidents resulted in serious bodily injury, 33.2% caused the death of a person and 17% involved the discharge of a firearm at or in the direction of a person. 

  • The most common reason for initial contact involved officers responding to illegal or suspicious activities (56.8%), followed by traffic stops (11%) and warrants or court orders (10.1%). 

  • The most common types of force applied included firearms, hands or fists, electronic less lethal devices and K-9s. 

To learn more about the National Use-of-Force Data Collection and its mission, click here

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