Police Data Collection Request (2022)

Tom Nash filed this request on behalf of Samuel Sinyangwe with the Prince William County Police of Prince William County, VA.


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. the total number of use of force incidents in 2022.

2. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by type of force, in 2022 (for example, information that specifies the number of taser incidents in 2022, baton incidents in 2022, etc.)

3. the total number of civilian complaints against law enforcement that were reported and the total number sustained for 2022.

4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained for 2022.

5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained for 2022.

6. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained for 2022.

7. the total number of officer-involved shootings in 2022, both fatal and non-fatal.

8. the total number of people who police used force against, broken down by race/ethnicity, in 2022.

When available, I would appreciate being sent individualized data in this request in spreadsheet format. If individualized data are unavailable, please send information that includes aggregate statistics for the item instead.

Note that my requests for civilian complaints are specifically for civilian complaints, please do not include complaints filed by one officer/the department against another officer.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Tom Nash, a citizen of Virginia, in coordination with Samuel Sinyangwe.

From: Prince William County Police

Good morning,

This responds to your Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request you submitted to the Prince William County Police Department for records related to "Police Data Collection Request (2022)". Please consider the following to be the Department's response to your request.

Pursuant to Section ยง 52-28.2 of the 1950 Code of Virginia, as amended, our Department has reported all officer-involved shooting (OIS) events since 2016 to Virginia State Police. That data can be located on the Virginia State Police Beyond 2020 website. Additionally, in 2019, our Department began submitting "use of force" data to Virginia State Police, and in 2020, we began publishing that data in our Department's Annual Crime Report. Most of the information you are seeking can be found starting on page 86 of our 2022 Annual Crime Report<https://www.pwcva.gov/assets/2023-04/2022%20Annual%20Report.pdf> which is also located on our Department's website, Prince William County Police Published Reports<https://www.pwcva.gov/document-center?guid=1>.

Regarding #6, the answer is zero.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Prince William County Police Department, FOIA
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