Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Use of Force Incidents
About IMPD data
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) gathers this data as part of its professional standards practices. This is the first time this data has been made available to the public.
Why we're sharing the data - transparency to build trust
We believe that being transparent about our work will help us better serve the people of Indianapolis, and that being accountable to our citizens will allow us to work together to improve relationships between IMPD and Indianapolis residents.
What you can do with the data
We have done some initial analysis on this dataset, though there are many other ways the data can be compared and analyzed. The underlying data is available here for public use.
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Types of Force used by IMPD
In Indianapolis, kinds of force are categorized as physical if the officer uses their body, less lethal if the officer uses a weapon that's commonly considered non-lethal, or lethal if the officer uses a firearm, knife or vehicle. The types of force counted are:
Physical: Elbow Strike, Fist Strike, Handcuffing, Joint/Pressure, Kick, Knee Strike, Leg Sweep, Other, Palm Strike, Take Down, Weight Leverage
Less Lethal: Baton, Bean Bag, BPS Gas, Burning CS, Clearout OC, CS Fogger, CS Grenade, CS/OC, Flash Bang, Other, Pepperball, Taser
Lethal: Handgun, Knife, Rifle, Shotgun, Sniper Rifle, Sub Machine Gun, Vehicle. Uses of officers' firearms is entered into the Officer Involved Shooting database so most will not appear here.
Canine Bite is the only use of force type that doesn’t fall within the three types.
More information is available in the IMPD Use of Force Policy.
Use of Force Incidents by District or Branch
IMPD serves six districts within Indianapolis. There are also branches with specific focus areas.
North District: 209, 916 population; 78.5 square miles
East District: 145,489 population; 49.9 square miles
Northwest District: 143,395 population; 66.2 square miles
Downtown District: 12,929 population; 3.6 square miles
Southeast District: 175,812 population; 84.9 square miles
Southwest District: 136,680 population; 80.8 square miles
Population information is from 2010 census data.
Marion County & IMPD Demographics
Resident demographics are for Marion County, which includes Indianapolis' 843,000 residents and a few neighboring towns that are not served by IMPD whose populations total approximately 74,000 people. Population numbers from 2013.
Racial breakdown in use of force
Racial Profiling is addressed in many classes throughout IMPD's academy. It is defined in the cultural awareness class, and a prohibited practice. It is defined and prohibited in the general order class as it is outlined in General Order 1.2, Bias-Based Policing.
IMPD trains on criminal law and its requirements pertaining to reasonable suspicion and probable cause. Ethical decision making is a topic of training as well. More on IMPD training will be available here soon.