Transparency Report Shows Force Used in 2017
Utah is the only state with a law requiring police transparency regarding “forcible entry” (no-knock or knock-and-announce) warrants and the use of SWAT teams. This year’s report marks the fourth since the law was enacted.
Here is a summary of the data that was provided:
- There were 486 total “reportable incidents” in 2017—an increase of over 9% compared to 2016.
- Of these, 221 incidents involved forcibly entering the residence or building.
- 77% of forcible entries pertained to offenses regarding drugs or alcohol.
- Warrants were obtained in 94% of all reported incidents.
- Weapons (including non-firearms) were brandished by suspects in 3.5% of reported incidents. Firearms were used by suspects on one occasion.
- Two officers were injured; there was one fatality.
- Four civilians were injured; none were killed.
- One animal was injured.
Here is a breakdown of the reasons leading to these incidents:
The entire report can be read here.