FLORENCE, Ala. - With unrest against law enforcement still at a heightened level, one Shoals agency is being proactive in the public eye.
Instead of allowing critics to put misinformation out to the public, the Florence Police Department is posting their own facts and figures on the job they are doing.
Ask any law enforcement officer and they will tell you policing is different now because of social media.
Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said there is a lot of speculation and misinformation on sites about arrests and profiling.
“These are real numbers that come from municipal court,” stated Tyler. “These aren’t numbers that we have come up with. These are cases that have actually been made. This is real facts.”
Broken down in a monthly social media post, the data shows how many cases they made and the demographic make-up. Chief Tyler said the demographics of the arrests strongly resemble the demographic make-up of the city as a whole.
Taking it one step further, they also release the number of times force is used during an arrest.
“By looking at these numbers, people will have a better understanding that Florence police officers are not out there abusing their authority, using force all the time to affect an arrest. It’s a very small percentage of the time,” Tyler explained.
Tyler said according to statistics, force is used during an arrest less than 1% of the time in the city of Florence.
Chief Tyler added his department will evaluate the numbers each month, and make any changes as they need to.
Here is a link to the August statistics compiled on behalf of the Florence Police Department.