On this week’s episode, we are again joined from Seattle by the CEO of Police Strategies LLC, Bob “Bobby Stats” Scales. We pick up from Episode 64 and examine how the current lack of useable data to analyze use-of-force incidents undermines the message and mission of many police agencies in the United States.
We then discuss how more in-depth use-of-force data evaluation is desperately needed to help counter the inaccurate third-party analyses that have often been presented as “factual” by the mainstream media.
Bob also provides us with some details on how a large, nationally known police agency has recently decided to contract with Police Strategies to proactively track and analyze their use-of-force statistics and how this should be an excellent model for other police agencies to follow.
Bob Scales is a former King County (WA) deputy prosecutor and Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington. He worked for 14 years for the City of Seattle as a public safety policy advisor to three Mayors. Bob represented the Seattle Police Department during the 2011 DOJ pattern or practice investigation and served as the Compliance Coordinator under the federal Consent Decree. He currently serves as the CEO of Police Strategies LLC.