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We obtained data on 287 Police and 104 Sheriff’s Depts in the state of Kansas.

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Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 40%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing states with data from both state and 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.

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Police Funding:  52%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Fines/Forfeitures        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  39%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
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Police Accountability:  21%
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        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        
Jail Incarceration Rate        
Jail Deaths per 1,000        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

52% -1%

Police Funding By Year

$1.06B  |  2,908,776 Residents  |  $364 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 61% of States

Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures

Total: $1.14B from 2010-20

More Fines/Forfeitures than 60% of States

Number of officers per 1k population

5,677 Officers  |  19.5 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 40% of States

Police violence i

39% +26%

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than N/A of States

1,446 Incidents  |  N/A every 10k arrests  |  +161%

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Deadly Force

147 Killings by Police from 2013-21  |  2.6 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 82% of States   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

11% Unarmed  |  38% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle
11%
19%
62%
8%

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 78% of States   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Kansas

11%
76%

Kansas Law Enforcement Demographics

6%
86%

People Arrested

20%
13%
64%

People Killed

13%
10%
8%
69%

^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 32% of States   

Police Accountability i

21% +43%

Total civilian complaints

1,810 from 2016-21  |  12% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Not Sustained Complaints Sustained

Use of Force Complaints

63 Reported  |  3% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Complaints of Police Discrimination

51 Reported  |  2% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

2 Reported  |  50% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Approach to Law Enforcement i

47% -18%

Arrests By Year

560,934 Arrests Reported from 2013-2021

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

393,984 Arrests  |  17 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 22% of States   

Disparities in Arrests for Low Level Offenses by Race/Ethnicity

Black people were 4.3x more likely and Latinx people were 1.4x 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 ( 70% )

Drug Possession ( 10% )

Violent Crime ( 3% )

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Homicides Unsolved

935 Homicides from 2013-21  |  336 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 59% of States   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 18% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 22% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 9% )

Deaths in Jail

102 Deaths from 2013-19  |  13 per 1k Jail Population

Homicide Suicide Other Investigating

100%

^ Higher Rate of Jail Deaths than 73% of States   

Jail Incarceration rate

9,382 Avg Daily Jail Population  |  3 per 1k residents

^  More than 69% of Sheriff's Depts  

People in Jail Without Being Convicted

58 % of People in Jail

Kansas 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
6. Sedgwick County 31% -15%
5. Saline County 33% +15%
4. Lawrence 38% +7%
3. Montgomery County 43% -10%
2. Kansas City 44%
1. Wichita 45% +7%
* Geary County 29% -4%
* Ford County 29% -3%
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Statewide Score 5YR
* Goodland 47%
* Scott City 47% -2%
* Holton 47% -5%
* Hoisington 47% +10%
* Cheney 47% -2%
* Holyrood 47% +1%
* Rawlins County 47% -12%
* Rooks County 47% -4%
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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 State's Governor and Attorney General, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
    • KS State Attorney General Derek Schmidt
  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.