Officer Involved Shootings (OIS) Dashboard

Contextual Statistics

In all of the interactions SPD officers have with the public, including responding to a significant number of reports of shots fired, officer involved shootings occur rarely.

Category20102011201220132014201520162017
City Population1 608,660 612,100 616,500 626,600 640,500 662,400 686,800 713,700
SPD 9-1-1 Calls2 734,111 744,467 771,342 794,105 853,885 866,612 867,369 782,672*
Violent Crime 3,515 3,664 3,746 3,758 4,001 4,093 4,294 4,279*
Property Crime3 33,186 31,792 31,931 35,883 40,649 37,754 38,433 37,817*
Shots Fired4 N/A N/A 296 255 314 388 338 360

1 WA Office of Financial Mgmt. 2 SPD Communications Center 3 FBI Uniform Crime Report SPD Shots Fired Report *Projected estimate

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OIS Methodology

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) Dataset was developed, expressly, for research purposes. This set was developed to support the Departments commitment to open data and transparency and is specifically formatted to be used as a research flat file. Each of the data elements present in the file were coded following a review of the full OIS Firearms Review Board / Force Review Board (FRB) file.

These files are generated in the course of investigating the event and contain statements, eyewitness accounts, factual reports from investigators and reports from the crime scene investigation. In addition, each of these files contains the FRB findings and "interrogatives" from the inquest which is ordered, as a matter of course, following each OIS.   Researchers working for the SPD reviewed each one of these files, from 2005 to the present. The resulting dataset (visualized here), was prepared so that each row represents a unique OIS (combination of unique officer and event). Additionally, "keys" are presented to represent the OIS Incident level of analysis (see "OIS Count" and "OIS Incident Count").  

As the Department continues to improve policy and procedure, the way these events are analyzed has changed to provide a more granular view of the data and comply with the revised version of the Use of Force Policy, Title 8 of the Seattle Police Manual. While these data include multiple subjects in a limited number of OIS records, future versions of this data will expand the file to reflect a unique relationship between the officer and the subject of the OIS.  

This file is presented here using the Departments new analytical platform, Tableau. Traditionally, open data has been presented in its raw form but we recognize (1) this may only be accessible to members of the community with the training and expertise to analyze it and (2) does not provide adequate guidance on how to use the variables. In addition to fully documenting each variable in the raw set, this dashboard can be downloaded and visualized using freeware, Tableau Reader.