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Use of Force

Officers receive training prior to the deployment or use of any force or relevant equipment.

The UC system-wide Use of Force Policy (Chapter 8) updated on June 8, 2020, and UC San Diego Police Department policies 300-312 cover use of force options. Officers receive initial training before deploying any use of force or equipment. Officers receive refresher training on a quarterly, semi-annual, biannual or annual basis, depending on the type of force. All officers have been training on AB 392 - updated use of force.

UC San Diego Police document each use of force incident (per policy 300). We use BlueTeam software to generate a use of force report, which is routed to our use of force review team and command staff for review and approval.

Use of Force Data and Reporting

Effective January 1, 2016, all use of force incidents resulting in serious bodily injury, as defined by Government Code section 12525.2(d), discharge of a firearm, or death, must be reported to the Department of Justice. UCPD Policy 300.5.2 requires the reporting of all officer-involved shootings and use of force resulting in serious bodily injury per AB 71. In 2018 and 2019, no reportable incidents meet the aforementioned criteria.

The following data for calendar years 2018 and 2019 was compiled as a result of internal UC San Diego Police Department reporting requirements for officer use of force. Pursuant to policy (Interim Systemwide Use of Force Policy, section 802), force is defined as:

The application of physical force, chemical agents or weapons to another person. It is not a use of force when a subject allows themselves to be searched, escorted, handcuffed or restrained [emphasis added].

Injured

2018

2019

Grand Total

%

None

13

28

41

83.7%

Yes - Both Subject(s) & Officers

2

1

3

6.1%

Yes - Officer(s) Only

2

1

3

Yes - Subject

1

1

2

4.1%

Grand Total

18

31

49

Race & Affiliation

2018

2019

Grand Total

%

Asian or Asian American

2

1

3

6.1%

Student

2

1

3

Black or African American

2

6

8

16.3%

Non-Affiliate (e.g., members of the public, patients)

2

6

8

Hispanic or Latino

2

5

7

14.3%

Non-Affiliate (e.g., members of the public, patients)

1

4

5

Student

1

1

2

Unknown

1

1

2.0%

Unknown

1

1

White or Caucasian

12

18

30

61.2%

Non-Affiliate (e.g., members of the public, patients)

9

16

25

Student

3

2

5

Grand Total

18

31

49

 

Calendar Year

Affiliation

2018

2019

Grand Total

Non-Affiliate (e.g., members of the public, patients)

12

26

38

77.6%

Student

6

4

10

20.4%

Unknown

1

1

2.0%

Grand Total

18

31

49

Count of Nature of Contact

2018

2019

Grand Total

%

Arrest - Felony

5

7

12

24.5%

Arrest - Misdemeanor

6

7

13

26.5%

Assitance to other agency

1

1

2.0%

Contact

1

1

2.0%

Detention

3

4

7

14.3%

Detention - 5150

3

9

12

24.5%

Felony Car Stop

1

1

2

4.1%

Traffic Stop

1

1

2.0%

Grand Total

18

31

49

Carotid Restraint/Choke Hold<

The "choke hold" has never been an approved UC San Diego Police Department tactic. All UC Police Departments eliminated the carotid restraint as a use of force option on June 8, 2020. Campus police officers have not used this technique during the current UC San Diego Chief's tenure.

Body Cameras

All UC San Diego police officers currently wear body cameras. Currently, not lawful for anyone besides Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certified police officers (sworn) to operate body-worn cameras [PC 633.02(b)]. See Body Worn Audio/Video Systems (Chapter 15)