Annual Report on Missouri Law Enforcement Use of Force
Missouri’s Police Use of Force Transparency Act of 2021, RSMO 590.1265, requires that beginning March 1, 2022, and at least annually thereafter, each law enforcement agency shall collect and report local data on use of force incidents involving peace officers to the FBI National Use-of-Force Data Collection system. The act also requires each law enforcement agency to report the data to the Department of Public Safety. Law enforcement agencies are not to include personally identifying information of individual peace officers in their reports. The Department of Public Safety will publish the data reported by law enforcement agencies, including statewide aggregate data and agency-specific data, in a publicly available report on the DPS website by March 1, 2023, and at least annually thereafter. The act requires DPS to analyze any trends and disparities in rate of use of force by all law enforcement agencies and release a report to the public no later than June 30, 2025. That report is to be updated at least once every five years.
The 2022 Missouri Use of Force Report comprises data submitted by participating law enforcement agencies for the period of March 1 to Dec. 31, 2022. The data included was retrieved on 2/27/2023 at 10:22 a.m. (Central Standard Time) from incident reports that had been accepted by the system at that time. It is each agency’s responsibility to report accurate, up-to-date data. Questions about incident data should be directed to the submitting agency. The 393 reporting agencies represent 61 percent of Missouri’s 643 active law enforcement agencies in 2022. These 393 reporting agencies had coverage responsibility for an estimated 91.6 percent of Missourians.
This webpage was created on March 1, 2023 and will be refreshed at least annually. The Department of Public Safety is currently exploring ways to share 2022 data received after the March 1, 2023 statutory publication deadline. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.