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We analyzed data on 13,147 US police departments.

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Key Findings

United States Police Department Scores

Rankings are based upon a 0 to 100 percentage scale. Departments with higher scores use less force, make fewer arrests for low level offenses, solve murder cases more often, hold officers more accountable and spend less on policing overall.

Overall Scores for Depts where We Have Obtained the Most Data.

Grade Scale Tap "show more" to see extended list

Police Department Score 5YR
500. Robbinsdale, MN 24% +3%
499. Chicago, IL 25% +3%
498. Fort Lauderdale, FL 25% -4%
497. Long Beach, CA 27% +2%
496. Kansas City, MO 28% -1%
495. St. Louis City, MO 29% +1%
494. Manhattan Beach, CA 29% +6%
493. San Francisco, CA 30% +4%
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Police Department Score 5YR
250. Savage, MN 46% +3%
249. Paterson, NJ 46% +3%
248. South San Francisco, CA 46% -7%
247. Citrus Heights, CA 46% +8%
246. Burbank, CA 46% +17%
245. Huntington Beach, CA 46% -1%
244. Lompoc, CA 46% +14%
243. Huntsville, AL 46% +11%
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* An asterisk indicates this location did not publish enough data to evaluate. Click below to add data to the Scorecard.

About This Scorecard

This is the first nationwide evaluation of policing in the United States. It was built using data from state and federal databases, public records requests to local police departments, and media reports. While police data is never perfect, and there are additional indicators that still need to be tracked, the Police Scorecard is designed to provide insight into many important issues in policing.

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Use this Scorecard to identify issues within police departments that require the most urgent interventions and hold officials accountable for implementing solutions. For example, cities with higher rates of low level arrests could benefit most from solutions that create alternatives to policing and arrest for these offenses. In cities where police make fewer arrests overall but use more force when making arrests, communities could benefit significantly from policies designed to hold police accountable for excessive force. And cities where complaints of police misconduct are rarely ruled in favor of civilians could benefit from creating an oversight structure to independently investigate these complaints.

 

Here's how to start pushing for change

  • Contact your Mayor and Police Chief, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.

 

If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Project Lead, Samuel Sinyangwe.