Use of Force

As a standard practice, response to resistance incidents (Use of Force) are reviewed by the supervisors of the Hanover Park Police Department. In 2020, Hanover Park Police Officers responded to 39,506 calls for service. The calls for service can be categorized as 911 calls and officer initiated calls. Of those 39,506 calls for service, 1,327 individuals were arrested and/or taken into custody by Hanover Park Police Officers. Of those 1,327 individuals arrested by Hanover Park Police Officers, force was used on 76 individuals or 5.7%. Additionally of the 39,506 calls for service that Hanover Park Police responded to, force was used 0.172% of the time (less than one percent). 


YEAR
CALLS FOR SERVICE
USE OF FORCE INCIDENTS
% CALLS FORCED USED
# OF OFFICERS USING FORCE
2016
49,150560.114%40
2017
48,763590.121%32
2018
47,656620.130%28
201946,706630.135%28
202039,506670.172%42

The rate of use of force in 2020 is up by 27.18% from 2019 and is up 29.73% from the 5-year average, but overall uses still remain less than 1% of all calls for service. The number of calls for service decreased by 16.38% from 2019 to 2020 and is down 17.05% compared to the five-year average. This decrease is largely attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reduction in officer self-initiated activity during the peak months of the pandemic.  

5 Years Use of Force by Officers versus Incidents

In 2020, the number of times force was used increased by four incidents or 6.3% from the prior year. The number of separate officers using force increased by 14 or 50% from 2019 to 2020.

YEAR
% OF OFFENDERS 
# OF OFFICERS USING FORCE
2016
4.2%
40
2017
3.9%
32
2018
5.6%
28
2019
5.0%28
2020
5.7%42

As you can see from the graph below, over the past 5 years the most common type of forced used by Hanover Park Police Officers is empty hand control. 

5 Years Use of Force by Type