Report details officer-involved shootings in PHX

Posted at 9:16 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-03 00:16:56-04

The Phoenix Police Department revealed a nearly 200 page report that looked into incidents related to officer-involved shootings.

The report traces those types of shootings since 2009.

The department, with the help of Arizona State University, started the study after an extremely high number of officer-involved shootings were reported in 2013. That year, the report states that Phoenix Police officers were involved in 31 incidents of this type.

In 2014, that figure dropped to 21 incidents, which is still below numbers of other metropolitan areas, according to officials. 

"Los Angeles had 30," Sergeant Trent Crump, with Phoenix Police, said. "Chicago had 45, Houston had 35, Philly had 29, Phoenix Police had 21."

"We are one of the safest major metropolitan cities in the United States when it comes to officer-involved shootings," Crump said. 

The report points out that 69 percent of the shootings in the last five years happened within the first two minutes after the officer arrived on location. The report also states that domestic violence calls are deemed the most dangerous.

Additionally, there's a breakdown of those who are involved in these type of shootings, which includes 53 percent of these incidents involving Hispanic subjects. About 33-percent were White and 10-percent were African American.

"When you take a look at the demographic of those that were involved in officer-involved shootings, it very closely mirrors this community," Crump said. "That is an important statistic to people and this organization."

The department plans to use the numbers to help develop strategies to reduce the number of officer-involved shootings.

Crump said one way to reduce this number is by better informing officers on how to quickly de-escalate a situation, since most of the decisions to shoot happen in a short amount of time.