Orlando Police Department sees drop in use of force

ORLANDO, Fla. — There are only a handful of law enforcement agencies in the county which have disclosed use-of-force data. Orlando Police are one of them, and the data shows that incidents are on the decline.

“De-escalation training is something that not only here at the Orlando Police Department but law enforcement in general has been pushing,” says Orlando Chief of Police Orlando Rolon.

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As of July 1, the state of Florida now requires law enforcement agencies to report specific incidents of use of force to FDLE, data Orlando Police have been making available for years.

“You’ve seen a decrease. If you look for 2018 and 2019, there is a significant decrease,” notes Bree Spencer of Accountable Now, a non-profit tracking use of force across the country.

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On its website, Accountable Now is collecting and sorting data from law enforcement agencies, comparing use-of-force incidents.

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