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We analyzed data on 2,878 US sheriff's departments.

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Key Findings

United States Sheriff's 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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Sheriff's Department Score 5YR
500. Walworth County, WI 28% +11%
499. Los Angeles County, CA 28% +13%
498. Kern County, CA 29% +4%
497. Fresno County, CA 29% +6%
496. Franklin County, OH 30% -17%
495. Solano County, CA 30% +7%
494. Lake County, IN 30% -7%
493. San Diego County, CA 31% -14%
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250. Tulare County, CA 46% -1%
249. Dorchester County, SC 46% +5%
248. St. Tammany Parish, LA 46% +3%
247. Nevada County, CA 46% +1%
246. San Luis Obispo County, CA 46% -3%
245. Columbia County, FL 46% +9%
244. Charles County, MD 46% +11%
243. Martin County, FL 46% -5%
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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 County Sheriff, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
  • 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.