We evaluated the police in California.

Read the Findings. See the Grade for Each Department.

Overall Grade: D+

Police violence

Grade: F  |  46% ?

Less-Lethal Force

Using batons, strangleholds, tasers & other weapons

N/A Uses of Force  |  N/A uses every 10k arrests

City Did Not Provide Data

Deadly Force

2 Shootings + 0 other deaths or serious injuries

2 Total Incidents  |  4.7 every 10k arrests

^  Used More Deadly Force per Arrest than 68% of Depts   

Police Shootings Where Police Did Not Attempt Non-Lethal Force Before Shooting

0% of Shootings (/2)


Where Police say they saw a gun but no gun was found

0% of Guns "Perceived" were Never Found (0/1)


People Killed or Seriously Injured

1 Deaths, 1 Serious Injuries

0% were Unarmed  |  50% had a Gun

People Killed or Seriously Injured

Police Violence by race

Black Latinx API Other White

City Population


People Arrested


People Killed or Seriously Injured


Policies Adopted to Limit Use of Force

Requires De-Escalation
Bans Chokeholds / Strangleholds
Duty to Intervene
Requires Warning Before Shooting
Bans Shooting at Moving Vehicles
Requires Comprehensive Reporting
Requires Exhaust Alternatives Before Shooting
Has Use of Force Continuum

Police Accountability

Grade: A-  |  92% ?

Total civilian complaints

18 Reported  |  22% Ruled in Favor of Civilians


Use of Force Complaints

N/A Reported  |  N/A Ruled in Favor of Civilians

City Did Not Provide Data

Complaints of Police Discrimination

0 Complaints Reported


Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

1 Reported  |  100% Ruled in Favor of Civilians


Policies Making It Harder to Hold Police Accountable

Disqualifies Complaints
Restricts / Delays Interrogations
Gives Officers Unfair Access to Information
Limits Oversight / Discipline
Requires City Pay for Misconduct
Erases Misconduct Records

Approach to Policing

Grade: C-  |  70% ?

Arrests for Low Level Offenses

1,387 Misdemeanor Arrests  |  16.2 per 1k residents

^  Higher Misdemeanor Arrest Rate than 35% of Depts   

Percent of Total Arrests in 2016

All Misdemeanors ( 65% )

Drug Possession ( 25% )

Violent Crime ( 6% )

Homicides Unsolved

4 Homicides from 2013-17  |  1 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 54% of Depts   

2016-2017 California
Police Department Grades

About This Scorecard

This is the first statewide Police Scorecard in the United States. It was built using data from California’s OpenJustice database, public records requests, national databases and media reports.

methodology Source Data


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 misdemeanor 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 limit police use 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:


  • Find your California State Senator using the Campaign Zero Advocacy Tool and urge them to support Assembly Bill 392, which would limit deadly force to be legally authorized only when necessary, a change that can reduce police shootings statewide.
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