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We obtained data on 200 West Virginia police departments.

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Police Department Morgantown
45% SCORE

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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Police Funding:  39%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Fines/Forfeitures        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  51%
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:  28%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  63%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

39% +1%

Police Funding By Year

$8.96M  |  30,855 Residents  |  $290 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 75% of Depts

Number of officers per 1k population

71 Officers  |  23 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 60% of Depts

Police violence i

51% +7%

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than 95% of Depts

196 Incidents  |  275 every 10k arrests  |  -74%

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Deadly Force

N/A Killings by Police from 2013-21  |  N/A every 10k arrests

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Morgantown

84%

Morgantown Police Dept Demographics

95%

People Arrested

17%
78%

People Killed

Police Accountability i

28%

Total civilian complaints

14 from 2013-20  |  7% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Use of Force Complaints

5 Reported  |  20% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Complaints of Police Discrimination

0 Complaints Reported

 

Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

1 Reported  |  0% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Approach to Law Enforcement i

63% -15%

Arrests By Year

7,138 Arrests Reported from 2013-2020

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

4,483 Arrests  |  21 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 49% of Depts   

Disparities in Arrests for Low Level Offenses by Race/Ethnicity

Black people were 4x more likely and Latinx people were 0.4x 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 ( 63% )

Drug Possession ( 6% )

Violent Crime ( 4% )

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Homicides Unsolved

4 Homicides from 2013-21  |  0 Unsolved

No Unsolved Homicides Reported

West Virginia 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
1. Morgantown 45% -2%
* Princeton 30% +4%
* South Charleston 34% -8%
* Charleston 35% -4%
* Kenova 36% -3%
* Glen Dale 36% -3%
* Mount Hope 36%
* Barboursville 37%
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* Durbin 45%
* Mitchell Heights 45% +2%
* Albright 45%
* Hambleton 45%
* Cowen 46%
* Elk Garden 46%
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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.

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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.