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We obtained data on 1 Police Depts in the state of District of Columbia.

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Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 30%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing states with data from local law enforcement agencies within the population. States 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:  14%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  48%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
50th Percentile
Police Accountability:  18%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  40%
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


Police Funding By Year

$681.24M  |  702,455 Residents  |  $970 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 98% of States

Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures

Total: $1.83B from 2010-20

More Fines/Forfeitures than 2% of States

Number of officers per 1k population

4,186 Officers  |  59.6 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 98% of States

Police violence i

48% -2%

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than N/A of States

741 Incidents  |  63 every 10k arrests  |  +3%

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Deadly Force

27 Killings by Police from 2013-21  |  1 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 31% of States   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

15% Unarmed  |  33% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 41% of States   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of District Of Columbia


District Of Columbia Law Enforcement Demographics


People Arrested


People Killed


^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 87% of States   

Police Accountability i

18% -28%

Total civilian complaints

1,909 from 2016-21  |  12% Ruled in Favor of Civilians


Complaints Not Sustained Complaints Sustained

Use of Force Complaints

0 Complaints Reported


Complaints of Police Discrimination

0 Complaints Reported


Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

0 Complaints Reported


Approach to Law Enforcement i

40% -26%

Arrests By Year

234,962 Arrests Reported from 2013-2021

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

149,191 Arrests  |  14 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 8% of States   

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 64% )

Drug Possession ( 12% )

Violent Crime ( 7% )

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Homicides Unsolved

1,335 Homicides from 2013-21  |  501 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 47% of States   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 55% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 46% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 27% )

Deaths in Jail

27 Deaths from 2013-19  |  14 per 1k Jail Population

Homicide Suicide Other Investigating


^ Higher Rate of Jail Deaths than 93% of States   

Jail Incarceration rate

1,820 Avg Daily Jail Population  |  3 per 1k residents

^  More than 65% of Sheriff's Depts  

People in Jail Without Being Convicted

80 % of People in Jail

District of Columbia Statewide Scores

Rankings are based upon a 0 to 100 percentage scale. States 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 States where We Have Obtained the Most Data.

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Statewide Score 5YR

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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 State's Governor and Attorney General, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
    • DC Attorney General Karl Racine
  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.