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We obtained data on 395 North Carolina police departments.

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Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 61%

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.

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Police Funding:  62%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Fines/Forfeitures        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  69%
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:  51%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  60%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

62% +3%

Police Funding By Year

$285.07M  |  $306 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 36% of Depts

Funds Spent On Misconduct Settlements

$598k per year from 2012-14  |  $6,418 per 10k population

^  More Spending due to Misconduct than 12% of Depts   

Number of officers per 1k population

1,823 Officers  |  18.8 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 54% of Depts

Police violence i

69% +1%

Police Shootings

More Police Shootings per Arrest than 46% of Depts

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than 26% of Depts

550 Incidents  |  51 every 10k arrests  |  +14%

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Deadly Force

23 Killings by Police from 2013-21  |  1.3 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 35% of Depts   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

4% Unarmed  |  26% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle
22%
74%

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 20% of Depts   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Charlotte Mecklenburg

34%
14%
6%
41%

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept Demographics

18%
75%

People Arrested

70%
7%
20%

People Killed

61%
9%
22%

^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 42% of Depts   

Police Accountability i

51% +2%

Total civilian complaints

317 from 2016-20  |  39% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Use of Force Complaints

42 Reported  |  19% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

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

60% -6%

Arrests By Year

176,235 Arrests Reported from 2013-2020

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

78,576 Arrests  |  12 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 21% of Depts   

Disparities in Arrests for Low Level Offenses by Race/Ethnicity

Black people were 4x 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 ( 45% )

Drug Possession ( 11% )

Violent Crime ( 13% )

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Homicides Unsolved

601 Homicides from 2013-21  |  139 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 75% of Depts   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 25% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 13% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 14% )

North Carolina 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
12. Gastonia 42% +9%
11. Winston Salem 42% +8%
10. Wilmington 44% +2%
9. Greenville 45% -5%
8. Asheville 45% +3%
7. Greensboro 49% +2%
6. Durham 51% +7%
5. Fayetteville 56% +2%
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Police Department Score 5YR
* Morganton Public Safety 44%
* Elizabeth City 44% -3%
* Mooresville 44% -8%
* Wake Forest 44% -1%
* Elk Park 44% +1%
* Grimesland 44% +1%
* Saratoga 44% +1%
* Cameron 44% +2%
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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

  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.