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We obtained data on 189 Louisiana police departments.

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Police Department * Vidalia
45% 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: 45%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing cities with under 50k 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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50th Percentile
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Police Funding:  19%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Fines/Forfeitures        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  63%
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:  68%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

19% +4%

Police Funding By Year

$2.6M  |  $658 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 97% of Depts

Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures

Total: $2.72M from 2010-19

Number of officers per 1k population

29 Officers  |  63.3 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 98% of Depts

Police violence i

63% -20%

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Deadly Force

N/A Killings by Police from 2013-20  |  N/A every 10k arrests

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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 Jurisdiction

31%
63%

Police Department Demographics

43%
57%

People Arrested

49%
50%

People Killed

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

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

68% -3%

Arrests By Year

1,868 Arrests Reported from 2013-19

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

1,085 Arrests  |  45 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 82% of Depts   

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 58% )

Drug Possession ( 15% )

Violent Crime ( 5% )

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Homicides Unsolved

3 Homicides from 2013-19  |  0 Unsolved

No Unsolved Homicides Reported

Louisiana 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.

Grade Scale Tap "show more" to see extended list

Police Department Score 5YR
5. Baton Rouge 41% +19%
4. Lafayette 43% +1%
3. Shreveport 47% -1%
2. Bossier City 47% -3%
1. New Orleans 51% +8%
* West Monroe 33% +8%
* Westlake 33% +9%
* Scott 34% +8%
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Police Department Score 5YR
* Hodge 47% +4%
* Glenmora 47% +9%
* Lake Charles 48% +1%
* Bienville 48% +9%
* Maringouin 48% +9%
* New Iberia 48% +1%
* Baskin 48% +9%
* Norwood 48% +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.

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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:  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.

 

If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Project Lead, Samuel Sinyangwe.