That's a higher rate than 53% of US Sheriff Departments.
We obtained data on 58 California sheriff's departments.
Scorecard at a Glance
Average for 4 Sections: 35%
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.
|Police Funding: 14%|
|Police Budget Cost per Person|
|Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)|
|Police Violence: 60%|
|Force Used per Arrest|
|Deadly Force per Arrest|
|Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest|
|Racial Disparities in Deadly Force|
|Police Accountability: 17%|
|Misconduct Complaints Upheld|
|Excessive Force Complaints Upheld|
|Discrimination Complaints Upheld|
|Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld|
|Approach to Law Enforcement: 47%|
|Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses|
|Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests|
|Jail Incarceration Rate|
|Jail Deaths per 1,000|
4 Killings by Police
382 civilian complaints of police misconduct
9% were ruled in favor of civilians from 2016-21.
26,051 arrests made
64% of all arrests were for low-level, non-violent offenses from 2013-21.
Police Funding By Year
$186.92M | 160,542 Residents | $1.16k per Resident
More Police Funding per Capita than 98% of Depts
Number of officers per 1k population
1,189 Officers | 74.1 per 10k Residents
More Officers per Population than 98% of Depts
More Police Shootings per Arrest than 38% of Depts
3 Shootings | 2.1 every 100k arrests
4 Killings by Police from 2013-21 | 1.4 every 10k arrests
^ More Killings by Police per Arrest than 53% of Depts
Police Shootings Where Police Did Not Try Non-Deadly Force Before Shooting
100% of Shootings from 2016-21 (3/3)
Deadly Force by Armed Status
25% Unarmed | 75% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun
^ More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than N/A of Depts
Police Violence by Race
Population of Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Dept Demographics
^ More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 7% of Depts
Total civilian complaints
382 from 2016-21 | 9% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Use of Force Complaints
87 Reported | 1% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Complaints of Misconduct in Jail
268 Reported | 4% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Complaints of Police Discrimination
37 Reported | 5% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Alleged Crimes Committed by Police
94 Reported | 1% Ruled in Favor of Civilians
Arrests By Year
26,051 Arrests Reported from 2013-2021
Arrests for Low Level Offenses
16,572 Arrests | 15 per 1k residents
^ Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 49% of Depts
Percent of total arrests by type
All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 64% )
Drug Possession ( 20% )
Violent Crime ( 10% )
18 Homicides from 2013-21 | 1 Unsolved
^ Solved Fewer Homicides than 78% of Depts
Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race
Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 33% )
Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 11% )
Deaths in Jail
35 Deaths from 2013-19 | 11 per 1k Jail Population
Homicide Suicide Other Investigating
^ Higher Rate of Jail Deaths than 48% of Depts
Jail Incarceration rate
3,938 Avg Daily Jail Population | 20 per 1k residents
^ More than 98% of Sheriff's Depts
People in Jail Without Being Convicted
62 % of People in Jail
California 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.
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: This state has a Police Bill of Rights law. These laws make it harder to hold police accountable. Call state legislators and tell them to repeal this law.
Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.
Join a team of researchers, students, data scientists, activists and organizers working to collect, analyze and use data for justice and accountability.
Create data visualizations and content that raises awareness about solutions to the issues identified by the data.
Step 1: COMPLETED
Obtain data on 100 California cities. Refine methodology in response to feedback from communities, researchers and local officials.
Step 2: COMPLETED
Expand to every major law enforcement agency in America and include additional indicators such as police budgets and jail incarceration.
Step 3: IN PROGRESS
Inform data-driven solutions nationwide. Update as new federal, state and local data are collected. Track progress and hold cities accountable to results.