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Turning the Tide: Use of Force on the Decline in Vallejo
Posted on 04/25/2022

Vallejo residents and members of the news media are invited to learn more about the recent decline of use of force incidents involving Vallejo Police Department personnel.  

“The decline of use of force incidents is more than a milestone,” said Vallejo Chief of Police Shawny K. Williams. “We want to engage with our community to better understand the impact of this new data and how we can continue this positive trend.” 

Use of force incidents involving Vallejo Police Department (VPD) officers fell 33% between 2020 and 2021, according to a report from Police Strategies LLC which analyzes use of force data. Additionally, the report found a dramatic change in how VPD officers used force. For the first time in the last five years, officers did not use any firearms, impact weapons or neck restraints during any use of force incident in 2021. Officers used fewer weapons overall even though suspect resistance levels were higher in 2021 than in prior years. 

Live Discussion with Chief Williams and Police Strategies CEOChief Williams and Police Strategies, LLC CEO Bob Scales will discuss the new trends, policies, and answer questions in this live roundtable. 

Click here to register, or join the conversation live on the Vallejo Police Department Facebook Page, Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 6:00pm. 

View our Use of Force Dashboard and 2021 Use of Force Analysis Report by clicking here

For media inquiries, please contact Public Information Officer, Brittany K. Jackson by email at [email protected] or by phone at (707) 651-7147.