Low level force can include "take downs, pressure points, hard hands" and more, according to the document detailing the data. Immediate force can include "K9 bite, fist strikes, knee strikes, kicks, less lethal, impact push" and more.
Of the 1,930 total arrests in the first quarter of 2020, 2.3% arrests involved use of force. The data is also broken down by demographic. According to the department, 52% of use of force incidents occurred among white people, 24% among African American people, 16% among Hispanic people and 8% among Native American people.
The Chandler Police Department released a statement on social media June 6 on the department's policies and practices as scrutiny has been applied to police departments across the country in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody. Floyd was handcuffed and lying face-down on the street. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
"The Chandler Police Department is committed to ensuring Chandler remains a safe community where all people can live, work and thrive," read the statement. "We understand in order for us to be successful, we must have the confidence, support and respect of the people who visit, live and work in our city.
"We value the positive and deep-rooted relationship with our community who trust us to fairly and impartially enforce laws to keep our community safe. We rely on education and transparency to keep our community informed, while holding our officers accountable," continued the statement. "We are embedded in the community and advance relationships through the City's neighborhood outreach, diversity programs and board and commission members."
According to the statement, the department adheres to standards of performance and best practices identified through professional law enforcement associations and research and policy development organizations, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Below are examples of these standards and practices, according to the statement:
- It is the policy of the Chandler Police Department to hold the highest regard for the dignity and liberty of all persons. The department respects the value and the sanctity of every human life
- Police policy requires officers to intervene if they observe another officer using force outside of policy
- Police policy requires officers to render aid to any injured person
- Police policy requires officers to document each time they point their weapon at any person
- Police policy does not allow "choke-holds"
- All Chandler uniformed patrol officers and supervisors are equipped with body-worn cameras
- Officers receive annual training on ethics, implicit bias and de-escalation strategies
- Thirty-three percent of officers are trained in advanced Crisis Intervention
- The department participates in the Police Open Data Initiative providing use of force and arrest information on the department's website at chandlerpd.com
- Department policies and procedures are available for public view on chandlerpd.com
- The city of Chandler has had a Citizens Panel for Review of Complaints and Use of Force for the past 20 years. Appointed by Mayor and Council, panel members meet on a quarterly basis with members of police administration to review all officer use of force incidents.
"The cornerstone of our success as a police agency has been predicated on the level of trust, support and respect we receive from our community," read the statement. "Over the course of many years of service and sacrifice we have developed a proud reputation in our community through meaningful dialogue with community leaders, residents and businesses."