LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Police Department saw a 25% reduction in officer-involved shootings last year, compared to the previous year, according to a report presented to the Board of Police Commissioners today.
The 2018 Use of Force Year-End Review Report found the department had 1.7 million contacts with the public in 2018, which was about 86,000, or 5%, more than 2017. Of those contacts, 33 resulted in officer-involved shootings last year, down from 44 in 2017.
The report also found there was a 56% reduction in the number of officers discharging their weapons, from 110 to 48, along with a 49% reduction in the total number of rounds fired, from 491 to 250.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore credited newer department policies that call on officers to use more de-escalation techniques as a top reason for the decrease in deadly encounters.
The department’s officers “the vast majority of the time are finding a successful way in resolving difficult and often chaotic situations successfully without having to resort to force in any manner,” Moore said.
Moore said the number of officer-involved shootings was the second lowest in 30 years, noting that during the 1990s, the number of shootings was frequently in the 90s or above 100.