Justice and Due Process

Transparency Report Shows Force Used in 2018

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 fifth since the law was enacted.

Here is a summary of the data that was provided:

  • There were 424 total “reportable incidents” in 2018—a decrease of 13% compared to 2017.
  • Of these, 195 incidents involved forcibly entering the residence or building.
  • 76% of forcible entries pertained to offenses regarding drugs or alcohol.
  • Warrants were obtained in 98% of all reported incidents.
  • Weapons (including non-firearms) were brandished by suspects in 2% of reported incidents. Firearms were used by suspects on one occasion during a forcible entry.
  • No law enforcement officers were injured.
  • Four civilians were injured; one was killed.
  • No animals were injured.

Here is a breakdown of the reasons leading to these incidents:

For more information, see the latest report.