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Sheriff's Department Jefferson County

Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 42%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing counties with 100-250k population. Counties with higher scores spend less on policing, use less force, are more likely to hold officers accountable and make fewer arrests for low-level offenses.

50th Percentile
Police Funding:  46%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  31%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
50th Percentile
Police Accountability:  32%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  59%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        
Jail Incarceration Rate        
Jail Deaths per 1,000        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

46% -1%

Police Funding By Year

$44.18M  |  145,614 Residents  |  $343 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 69% of Depts

Number of officers per 1k population

581 Officers  |  39.9 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 95% of Depts

Police violence i

31% +24%

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Deadly Force

5 Killings by Police from 2013-21  |  6.7 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 97% of Depts   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

20% Unarmed  |  40% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 96% of Depts   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Jefferson County


Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept Demographics


People Arrested


People Killed


^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 39% of Depts   

Police Accountability i


Total civilian complaints

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

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Use of Force Complaints

N/A Reported

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Complaints of Police Discrimination

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

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Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

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

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Approach to Law Enforcement i

59% -23%

Arrests By Year

3,309 Arrests Reported from 2013-2021

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

1,978 Arrests  |  4 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 10% of Depts   

Disparities in Arrests for Low Level Offenses by Race/Ethnicity

Black people were 1.6x more likely and Latinx people were 0.1x more likely to be arrested for low level, non-violent offenses than a white person.

Black Latinx White

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 60% )

Drug Possession ( 12% )

Violent Crime ( 5% )

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Homicides Unsolved

60 Homicides from 2013-21  |  35 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 7% of Depts   

Deaths in Jail

9 Deaths from 2013-19  |  8 per 1k Jail Population

Homicide Suicide Other Investigating


^ Higher Rate of Jail Deaths than 31% of Depts   

Jail Incarceration rate

1,066 Avg Daily Jail Population  |  7 per 1k residents

^  More than 76% of Sheriff's Depts  

People in Jail Without Being Convicted

89 % of People in Jail

Alabama Sheriff's 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.

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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.


Police Scorecard is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, learn more about our team here. If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Founder, Samuel Sinyangwe.

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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 County Sheriff, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
    Advocacy Tip:  Alabama's State Senate is currently considering S. 59, a bill that would create cite-and-release alternatives to arrest and incarceration for low level offenses. This could reduce arrests, police use of force and jail incarceration in the state.
  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.