This page includes information on:

Uses of Force, Complaints, Commendations, Narcan Saves, LPD Policies, Calls for Service, and the LPD Annual Report.

Use of Force Information

What is a Use of Force?

The International Association of Chiefs of Police defines Use of Force as the amount of effort required to compel compliance by an unwilling subject.

What initiates a Use of Force investigation?
  • Outlined in Use of Force directive PD21-0602.
  • Any of the Uses of Force listed as examples 
  • Visible injury or complaint of injury to either officer or arrestee
  • Damage to non-department owned property resulting from use of physical force to apprehend, restrain or control a suspect
What is physical force?

Bodily force exceeding the normal force required to take a person into custody, including any combination of strength, leverage, take-downs, control or come-along holds used to gain control of an uncooperative person; the use of hands, fist, feet, knees, etc. in striking a person.

Examples of Uses of Force
  • Physical force
  • Deployment of K9
  • Tire deflation device
  • Pepper spray
  • Taser
  • Baton
  • Less lethal 40mm exact impact rounds
  • Firearms
  • Any other weapons

Uses of Force

March - April 2021
Uses of Force
  • 6 Physical
    • 2 Within Policy
    • 4 Under Review
  • 4 Taser
    • 4 Under Review
  • 1 Diversionary Device
    • 1 Under Review
  • 1 Vehicle
    • 1 Under Review
  • 1 K-9 Release with Bite
    • 1 Under Review
January - February 2021
Uses of Force
  • 12 Physical
    • 12 Within Policy
  • 4 Taser
    • 3 Within Policy
    • 1 Not Within Policy
  • 2 Diversionary Device
    • 2 Within Policy
  • 1 Spike Strips
    • 1 Within Policy
  • 1 Exact Impact
    • 1 Within Policy
November - December 2020
Uses of Force
  • 5 Physical
    • 5 Within Policy
  • 1 Taser
    • 1 Not Within Policy
  • 1 Diversionary Device
    • 1 Within Policy
September - October 2020
Uses of Force
  • 5 Physical
    • 5 Within Policy
  • 1 K-9 Release with Bite
    • 1 Within Policy
July - August 2020
Uses of Force
  • 3 Physical
    • 3 Within Policy
  • 1 Pepper Spray
    • 1 Within Policy
  • 3 Taser
    • 3 Within Policy
  • 1 Diversionary Device
    • 1 Within Policy
May - June 2020
Uses of Force
  • 5 Physical
    • 5 Within Policy
  • 3 Taser
    • 3 Within Policy
  • 1 Chemical Munitions
    • 1 Within Policy
  • 1 Exact Impact
    • 1 Within Policy
March - April 2020
Uses of Force
  • 3 Physical
    • 3 Within Policy
  • 1 K-9 Release with Bite
    • 1 Within Policy
  • 3 Taser
    • 3 Within Policy
  • 3 Chemical Munitions
    • 3 Within Policy
  • 1 Exact Impact
    • 1 Within Policy
  • 1 Baton
    • 1 Within Policy
January - February 2020
Uses of Force
  • 4 Physical
    • 4 Within Policy
  • 1 K-9 Release with Bite
    • 1 Within Policy
  • 2 Taser
    • 2 Within Policy
  • 1 Chemical Munitions
    • 1 Within Policy

Complaint Information

As outlined in the LPD’s Internal Investigations directive PD18-1601. 

Allegations of misconduct investigations include those related to:

  • Any form of corruption
  • Misuse of force, or use of excessive force
  • A violation of any person’s civil rights
  • A violation of criminal law
  • A serious breach of departmental or City policy, procedure, or employee rules of conduct

Demeanor investigations include those related to:

  • Improper or inappropriate action or response
  • Improper operation of a police vehicle
  • A violation of established departmental or City operational policies or procedures
  • A violation of established departmental or City employee rules of conduct.
  • Any act, or failure to act, that does not rise to the level of constituting an Allegation of Misconduct

Potential outcomes of complaints

Exonerated: The alleged incident occurred, but the involved employee’s action was lawful and proper.

Unfounded: The allegation is false or not factual.

Sustained: There is sufficient evidence to prove the allegation.

Non-sustained: There is insufficient evidence to either prove or disprove the allegation.

Policy Review: The allegation is true, however the employee’s practices were consistent with departmental policy: as result, the policy should be reviewed to ensure that operational practices remain consistent with the department’s philosophy

Complaint withdrawn: The person who made the allegation of misconduct withdraws the complaint and indicates they no longer wish to pursue the matter.

Complaints

March - April 2021
Demeanor Complaints
  • 1 Unfounded
  • 1 Sustained
  • 4 Under Review
Allegation of Misconduct
  • 1 Under Review
January - February 2021
Demeanor Complaints
  • 1 Unfounded
Allegation of Misconduct
  • 0
November - December 2020
Demeanor Complaints
  • 1 Unfounded
  • 2 Exonerated
Allegation of Misconduct
  • 1 Exonerated
  • 2 Unfounded
September - October 2020
Demeanor Complaints
  • 3 Unfounded
  • 1 Sustained
  • 1 Exonerated 
Allegation of Misconduct
  • 2 Exonerated 
July - August 2020
Demeanor Complaints
  • 3 Unfounded
  • 1 Other
  • 1 Policy Review 
Allegation of Misconduct
  • 1 Unfounded
May - June 2020
Demeanor Complaints
  • 5 Unfounded
  • 4 Exonerated 
Allegation of Misconduct
  • 1 Policy Violation
  • 1 Other 
  • 5 Unfounded
March - April 2020
Demeanor Complaints
  • 2 Unfounded
  • 1 Exonerated
  • 2 Sustained 
Allegation of Misconduct
  • 1 Sustained 
January - February 2020
Demeanor Complaints
  • 2 Unfounded
  • 2 Sustained
  • 1 Exonerated
  • 1 Policy Violation
Allegation of Misconduct
  • 1 Non-sustained 

80 Commendations received for LPD employees in 2021

293 Commendations received for LPD employees in 2020

107 Commendations received for LPD employees in 2019

Lives Saved by Narcan

4 Narcan Saves in 2021

          17 Narcan Saves in 2020

Narcan is a prescription medication that can reverse the effects of opioids in individuals who may have overdosed.

Calls for Service

2,588

May 2021

4,491

April 2021

4,728

March 2021

4,225

February 2021

4,635

January 2021

4,061

December 2020

4,408

November 2020

4,795

October 2020

4,964

September 2020

4,790

August 2020

5,015

July 2020

4,760

June 2020

5,014

May 2020

3,993

April 2020

4,886

March 2020

4,546

February 2020

5,348

January 2020