Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) August 28, 2014
With current events in Ferguson, this lack of access to use of force statistics across the country has been brought under a spotlight. Currently available technology provides ways for law enforcement agencies to collect, study and report data on all types of use of force incidents involving officers.
LEFTA Systems is donating SHIELD©, a comprehensive web-based use of force application, to all local Missouri police departments. SHIELD© keeps track of any type of force used by law enforcement and is customizable to each agency’s use of force form/policy. The software provides the agency with the ability to collect data on over 120 statistical points, including, but not limited to: effectiveness of each of the various types of force used, data about the correlation of race/gender, size of offender versus officer, age, type and location of injury to the officer and/or suspect, as well as education levels/experience of the officer.
SHIELD© also provides an “early warning system” that allows agencies to “flag” officers who use force a specified number of times within a set time frame. All of these data points provide the agency with the ability to be proactive in both the training and monitoring of use of force by their officers.
Access to the data can be given to government and community organizations if the agency so chooses, affording greater transparency while supporting broader conversation and analysis of local, state and national use of force trends.
Police departments, unfortunately, often do not often have the financial means to purchase a comprehensive documentation software program that costs tens of thousands of dollars, which is why LEFTA Systems is willing to provide the SHIELD© Use of Force software to every local police agency in Missouri free of charge.
LEFTA Systems is owned by active law enforcement personnel who understand the importance of a community’s trust and support in its officers. The company also believes that by being able to show use of force data collected over time, many misperceptions regarding police use of force will be dispelled.