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Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 28%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing cities with over 250k population. Cities 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:  2%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  36%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
50th Percentile
Police Accountability:  26%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  48%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i


Police Funding By Year

$666.24M  |  712,816 Residents  |  $921 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 99% of Depts

Funds Spent On Misconduct Settlements

$13M per year from 2011-19  |  $179,011 per 10k population

^  More Spending due to Misconduct than 94% of Depts   

Number of officers per 1k population

3,575 Officers  |  50.2 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 99% of Depts

Police violence i

36% -10%

Police Shootings

More Police Shootings per Arrest than 84% of Depts

100 Shootings  |  5.4 every 100k arrests

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than 59% of Depts

741 Incidents  |  109 every 10k arrests  |  +20%

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Deadly Force

26 Killings by Police from 2013-21  |  1.4 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 51% of Depts   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

15% Unarmed  |  35% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 61% of Depts   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Washington Metropolitan


Washington Metropolitan Police Dept Demographics


People Arrested


People Killed


^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 90% of Depts   

Police Accountability i

26% -28%

Total civilian complaints

1,909 from 2016-19  |  12% Ruled in Favor of Civilians


Complaints Not Sustained Complaints Sustained

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

48% -10%

Arrests By Year

184,181 Arrests Reported from 2013-2021

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

71,915 Arrests  |  13 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 29% of Depts   

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 39% )

Drug Possession ( 7% )

Violent Crime ( 8% )

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Homicides Unsolved

1,257 Homicides from 2013-21  |  438 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 54% of Depts   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 55% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 46% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 27% )

District of Columbia 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.

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Police Department Score 5YR
Police Department Score 5YR
1. Washington Metropolitan 28% -12%

* 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 Mayor and Police Chief, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
    Advocacy Tip:  We've identified problematic language in this city's police union contract that could make it harder to hold officers accountable. Learn more about this contract and how to change it at
  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.