ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A report by the Anderson Police Department shows the number of incidents resulting in use of force has decreased by about 45 percent since 2011.
The Herald Bulletin reports that police department recorded 76 use-of-force incidents in 2014, compared to 137 such incidents in 2011. The police department attributes the decrease to an intentional change of message to officers, reminding them that “just because you can use a particular level of force does not mean that you necessarily should.”
The report also found a steep reduction in the number of injuries to officers and suspects involved in incidents resulting in use of force. The number of injuries to officers reported in use-of-force incidents has decreased by about 88 percent and the number of injuries to suspects has decreased by about 78 percent since 2011.