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We obtained data on 116 Utah police departments.

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Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 32%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing cities with 100-250k 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:  31%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  43%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
50th Percentile
Police Accountability:  29%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  24%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

31% -3%

Police Funding By Year

$82.72M  |  $408 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 86% of Depts

Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures

Total: $53.79M from 2010-19

Number of officers per 1k population

503 Officers  |  25.8 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 92% of Depts

Police violence i

43% -5%

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than 23% of Depts

148 Incidents  |  56 every 10k arrests

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Deadly Force

14 Killings by Police from 2013-20  |  1.1 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 53% of Depts   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

14% Unarmed  |  71% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 59% of Depts   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Salt Lake City


Salt Lake City Police Dept Demographics


People Arrested


People Killed


^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 93% of Depts   

Police Accountability i


Total civilian complaints

N/A from 2017-19  |  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

24% -7%

Arrests By Year

131,136 Arrests Reported from 2013-2020

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

90,848 Arrests  |  64 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 99% of Depts   

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 69% )

Drug Possession ( 8% )

Violent Crime ( 3% )

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Homicides Unsolved

86 Homicides from 2013-19  |  31 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 37% of Depts   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 13% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 20% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 10% )

Utah 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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* 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:  There is problematic language in this city's police union contract that could make it harder to hold officers accountable. Learn more about this contract and how to change it at
  • 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.