Policy Recommendations for Improving Use of Force Data Collection

  • Amanda D. Johnson


Police use of force has come under stricter scrutiny in recent years. This is due in-part to high profile incidents covered extensively in news and social media. This article examines available data from a major police department in Texas and highlights data missing from the available datasets. Due to the high-profile nature of police use of force, law enforcement agencies should expect to receive increasing requests for data. As such, law enforcement agencies should be proactive to assure data collection that reflects use of force incidents accurately to the press and social media outlets. Keywords: police leadership, police policy, response to resistance, use of force

Author Biography

Amanda D. Johnson
Amanda D. Johnson, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Her main areas of interest include: qualitative research, police organizational structure and police, and environmental criminology, including Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) research and application and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).