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Police Department * Fort Myers
38% SCORE

* An asterisk indicates that this location has not provided enough data to be included in our rankings. We are still working to obtain comprehensive data from every jurisdiction in the nation.

Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 38%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing cities with 50-100k 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.

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Police Funding:  30%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Fines/Forfeitures        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  45%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
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50th Percentile
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Police Accountability:  29%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  49%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

30% -6%

Police Funding By Year

$51.39M  |  90,380 Residents  |  $569 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 97% of Depts

Number of officers per 1k population

239 Officers  |  26.4 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 94% of Depts

Police violence i

45% -26%

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than 91% of Depts

318 Incidents  |  217 every 10k arrests  |  +15%

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Deadly Force

1 Killings by Police from 2013-21  |  0.3 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 30% of Depts   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

N/A Unarmed  |  N/A Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than N/A of Depts   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Fort Myers

23%
23%
49%

Fort Myers Police Dept Demographics

12%
18%
69%

People Arrested

People Killed

100%

Police Accountability i

29%

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

49 Reported  |  0% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

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

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Approach to Law Enforcement i

49% +15%

Arrests By Year

26,830 Arrests Reported from 2013-2021

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

16,780 Arrests  |  26 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 68% of Depts   

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 63% )

Drug Possession ( N/A )

Violent Crime ( 6% )

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Homicides Unsolved

89 Homicides from 2013-21  |  31 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 37% of Depts   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 67% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 29% )

Florida 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
19. Fort Lauderdale 26% -13%
18. Tampa 35% +5%
17. Hollywood 37% -9%
16. Clearwater 38% -10%
15. Orlando 40% +13%
14. Tallahassee 41% -4%
13. Davie 42% -8%
12. Palm Bay 42% +11%
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Police Department Score 5YR
* Winter Park 45% +1%
* Aventura 45% -7%
* Plant City 45% +5%
* Winter Haven 45% -6%
* Pinellas Park 45% -4%
* North Miami 45% -18%
* Boca Raton 45% -1%
* Lake Placid 45% +3%
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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.

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 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:  There is problematic language in this city's police union contract that could make it harder to hold officers accountable. Tell your Mayor to re-negotiate the police union contract.
  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.