TBI releases statistics on use of deadly force by officers

TBI releases statistics on use of deadly force by law enforcement

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released Monday its first-ever study on law enforcement's use of deadly force and shooting incidents in Tennessee while in the line of duty.

The report takes an in-depth look at officers who have used force or deadly force with a weapon and the effects the incidents had on the officers, their departments, and their communities.

Researchers surveyed law enforcement agencies across the state on the number of times officers used deadly force between 2007 and 2011, held roundtable discussions for law enforcement leaders to provide input on trends, causes, policy, and costs of the incidents, and interviewed a dozen officers involved in a shooting incident.

The study gathered a large amount of statistics, some of which follow.

Eighty-four agencies experienced at least one officer involved shooting between 2007 and 2011 with a total of 234 officer involved shootings.

Two hundred and seven agencies reported having no officer involved shootings during the time period.

Thirty-five of the officers involved in shooting incidents are no longer employed in law enforcement.

One hundred and sixty-four agencies reported having mandatory post shooting counseling provided to officers.

The study also reveals several factors contributing to deadly force incidents including mentally ill subjects, drugs, gangs and the disposal of seized weapons.


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