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Police Department Baltimore

Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 36%

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:  11%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  54%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
50th Percentile
Police Accountability:  34%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  43%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

11% -13%

Police Funding By Year

$536.09M  |  $885 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 98% of Depts

Funds Spent On Misconduct Settlements

$4M per year from 2015-20  |  $60,891 per 10k population

^  More Spending due to Misconduct than 73% of Depts   

Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures

Total: $239.75M from 2010-19

Number of officers per 1k population

2,465 Officers  |  40.7 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 96% of Depts

Police violence i

54% -4%

Police Shootings

More Police Shootings per Arrest than 76% of Depts

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than 30% of Depts

883 Incidents  |  58 every 10k arrests  |  -83%

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Deadly Force

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

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 43% of Depts   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

18% Unarmed  |  34% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 63% of Depts   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Baltimore


Baltimore Police Dept Demographics


People Arrested


People Killed


^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 48% of Depts   

Police Accountability i

34% -32%

Total civilian complaints

2,752 from 2016-20  |  14% Ruled in Favor of Civilians


Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Use of Force Complaints

279 Reported  |  2% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Complaints of Police Discrimination

42 Reported  |  2% Ruled in Favor of Civilians


Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

411 Reported  |  16% Ruled in Favor of Civilians


Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Approach to Law Enforcement i

43% +13%

Arrests By Year

235,834 Arrests Reported from 2013-2020

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

148,306 Arrests  |  40 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 90% of Depts   

Disparities in Arrests for Low Level Offenses by Race/Ethnicity

Black people were 2.3x 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 ( 63% )

Drug Possession ( 16% )

Violent Crime ( 7% )

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Homicides Unsolved

2,404 Homicides from 2013-21  |  1411 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 10% of Depts   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 67% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 45% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 44% )

Maryland 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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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.


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