December 3, 2023

The Vallejo Police Division has spent the previous a number of years working to make sure its officers resort to utilizing drive solely when strictly obligatory.

However the company’s new information monitoring system – which goals to seize extra thorough data on use-of-force arrests – makes it unimaginable to inform whether or not this effort has been profitable.

Police information launched final month seems to point out a large improve in Vallejo officers utilizing weapons like batons, Tasers and projectile launchers to arrest folks.

Reported use-of-force incidents soared from 38 in all of 2022 to 198 as of the top of September – a greater than fivefold improve. Reported management holds skyrocketed from two in 2022 to 92 within the first 9 months of 2023. The variety of takedowns that police reported likewise jumped from 16 to 91.

The numbers seem to fly within the face of the California Division of Justice’s makes an attempt to curb extreme drive in a police division notorious for its strained and typically violent relationship with its group.

In a Monday press launch, Vallejo police clarified what had occurred.

Regardless that the VPD displayed its 2023 information facet by facet with information from 2022, adjustments in how the company measures use-of-force incidents imply that evaluating the 2 years is troublesome. As an example, whereas the earlier numbers solely included management holds the place the suspect made a criticism about ache or harm, the present numbers listing all management holds no matter their consequence.

“Resulting from this important change in UOF standards and information assortment metrics, the division is informing the general public {that a} month-to-month or year-to-year comparability utilizing two separate processes and standards might be complicated,” the VPD mentioned. “As we proceed to gather this information on this method, a extra direct comparability might be made utilizing 2023 information in comparison with 2024 information.”