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TPD Releases 'Use Of Force' Study

Posted at 11:42 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 00:42:56-05

A new report shows use of force data from the Tulsa Police Department.

The study is a joint effort by the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Cinicinatti Center for Police Research and Policy.

2 Works for You's problem solver Erin Conrad brings us some of the highlights of that report, which is more than 70 pages worth of information explaining how the data was compiled and analyzed.

The data covers a 30-month period from January of 2016 to June of 2018. In that time, Tulsa police made nearly 32,000 arrests.

The report finds officers used force in 551 of those arrests, nearly 2 percent.

Researchers found TPD officers used force against men three times more often than women.

Breaking use of force down by race, the study concluded there were no statistical differences in the frequency of force used against minorities compared to whites.

Black officers were less likely to use force than white officers, and male and female officers used force at about the same rate.

The study also analyzed officer injuries during use of force and which tactics were more likely to result in an injury.

The report makes 5 recommendations to TPD, including reviewing their policies, expanding their data collection and improving documentation and reviewing training.

2 Works for You reached out to Tulsa police to talk about the report.

In a statement, they said, "We are still pouring over the data and breaking down the key components. Chief Franklin has already begun the process of examining the recommendations outlined in the report and assigning various members of TPD management to them."

Tulsa police said they plan to say more in the coming weeks.

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