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Rachel Rosenbaum

Use of Force drops

The state Department of Justice released its 2018 California Criminal Justice statistics reports Tuesday, which show a drop in serious use of force incidents.

Last year, there were 628 incidents that involved use of force resulting in serious bodily injury or death of a civilian or officers, or the discharge of a firearm, according to the report. Here’s how those calls break down:

– Of those 628 incidents, 267 reported a discharge of a firearm; 51.8 percent (325) occurred during a call for service; 17.8 percent (112) occurred while a crime was in progress or while officers were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances; and 12.9 percent (81) resulted from a vehicle/bike/pedestrian stop.

– Of the 628 incidents, 74.2 percent (466) resulted in an arrest.

– Of the 677 civilians involved in serious use of force incidents, 93.1 percent were male and 6.5 percent were female; 46.7 percent were Hispanic, 28.5 percent were white, and 19.1 percent were black; 62.5 percent were injured, 15.5 percent were not injured, and 21.6 were killed.

–Of the 677 civilians, officers perceived that 368 were armed. Of those, 284 (77 percent) were confirmed to be armed.

– Of the 628 incidents, 1,552 officers were involved – 93.8 percent being men and 6.3 percent women. Of those 1,552 officers, 54.8 percent were white, 32 percent were Hispanic, 6.3 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander, and 4.6 percent were black. 

–Of the 1,552 officers, 83.4 percent were uninjured, 16.4 percent were injured, and 0.2 percent (three) died. 

– Los Angeles County reported the highest number of serious use of force incidents with 173 incidents. There were several counties with zero: Alpine, Amador, Colusa, Inyo, Lassen, Mariposa, Modoc, Mono, Plumas, San Benito, Sierra, Trinity, and Tuolumne counties. 

– In Sutter County, there was just one serious use of force incident and in Yuba County, there were two, according to the report. The one incident in Sutter County came from the Yuba City Police Department. The Yuba County incidents were both from the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office. 

Funding emergency services

The Wheatland Fire Authority showed its new, donated trailer with new rescue equipment at Tuesday’s Yuba County Board of Supervisors meeting. 

With $10,000 from Yuba Water Agency through the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training grant program, the department has new confined space and swift-water rescue equipment to replace outdated equipment. The new tools include rope, webbing, prusiks, harnesses and a small rescue boat. The equipment will help surrounding agencies, as well.

It was one of four grants awarded to Yuba County agencies to help purchase emergency response equipment. Camptonville Community Service District received funding for replacement of an emergency response vehicle; Dobbins/Oregon House Fire Protection District purchased new self-contained breathing apparatus, wildland hose clamps and generation wildland fire shelters; and the Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse purchased its GPS radio units and upgrades to its command post. 


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