I am interested to see if we can identify factors that contribute to use of force incidents. Specifically, I am interested to see if factors like employee demographics, education level of employees, size of department, participation in academic research (which we might also use to assign a score for ‘transparency’), budget, training methods, number of specialized units, use of data/computers in evaluating performance etc. have any affect on the frequency of use of force. I did not get to analyze many of these factors, however, this is one figure that I produced that plots use of force incidents (expressed as incidents per employee) against total employees (full-time plus part-time):
It’s hard to say that anything substantive can be gleaned from the visualization but it might allow us to further focus on smaller departments that have a high use of force rate (or identify outliers for further analysis).