The Joplin Police Department shows a slight decrease in use-of-force incidents in the third quarter of 2018.
There were 25 reports from July through September of this year – compared to 29 last year. That averages one incident in every 71 arrests in Joplin during that time. Officers point out that doesn’t mean a gun or even a taser was used in each case.
“We want to more than just that physical force was used, or active pointing of a firearm occurred. We want to know the other circumstances that go with that and any other kinds of force at that time. So that, in those situations we also track verbal commands which was the most used,” says JPD Capt. Trevor Duncan.
Verbal direction was the number one category for type of force with 31 incidents. “Empty hand control” and taser use tied for second with 12 cases each. Active pointing of weapon falls next on the list – although those are cases where no shots were fired.