Use of Force

Goal

Assess all recent incidents in which force was used by Dayton police to look for patterns of biases, which will inform a review of use of force policies.

Working Group Materials

Current Status

The Use of Force working group has made two recommendations: one regarding use of body cameras and the second establishing an annual Use of Force report on September 3, 2020. They were approved by the City Commission on October 2, 2020. The memo and response from the Commission are below as well as visuals of those recommendations.

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The Use of Force working group committee made a recommendation recognizing unholstering a firearm and pointing it at a person as a reportable show of force to the City Commission on October 29, 2020. The City Commission accepted the recommendation in a response on November 24, 2020. The memo and response from the Commission are below as well as visuals of those recommendations.

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Meeting Materials

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Additional Resources
October 29, 2020 - Minutes -
October 15, 2020 - Minutes -
September 3, 2020 - Minutes -
August 20, 2020 - Minutes -
August 6, 2020 - Minutes -

Other Materials

Previous Process

The Department takes an active role in looking for indicators of individual officer misconduct. The Dayton Police Department investigates all pertinent administrative encounters as well as complaints. Supervisors submit the results of their investigations through the chain of command and all are given final review by the Professional Standards Bureau. In addition, in 2018 a joint effort between the Human Relations Council, Community Police Committee, and the Dayton Police Department produced a report revealing the results of their study into the Department’s relationship with the community.

Current Procedure Results
Administrative Investigation Records Management System A database is maintained for all administrative investigations including Uses of Force, Citizen Complaints, Traffic Crashes, etc.
Early Identification/Intervention CALEA-Compliant tracking system which features Peer Group Analysis and customizable thresholds
Statistical Analysis The department utilizes a range of statistical reports and charts i.e. aggregate, trends, and comparative formats
Community Police Council Statistical Review Community Police Council did an extensive review of use-of-force incidents, which is detailed in the report (available at daytonohio.gov/policereform)
The Professional Standards Bureau PSB is in the process of reviewing all Use of Force Data and developing updated demographic reports
Transparency Dashboard The City of Dayton Data Team is researching the option to include historical police use of force data in a dashboard environment which would allow any community member easy access to Dayton Police Use of Force data.