Junction police used more force, injured 22 in ‘12
Grand Junction Police Department officers reported increases in 2012 for instances of using force, while last year also saw a five-year high in suspect injuries, according to a department report.
After three years of steady declines, officers in 2012 reported 50 applications of force on suspects, up from 40 in 2011, according to the annual professional standards summary of force.
The 2012 increase was still below the period of 2008 to 2010, when the department reported 88, 60 and 57 instances of use-of-force for those years, respectively.
More suspects, 22 of them, were reportedly injured by officers in 2012.
Those injuries were described as anything from minor scratches, cuts and scrapes to one reported “bump on head,” the report said.
Officers reported 14 suspect injuries in 2011, 11 in 2010 and 2009, and 14 in 2008.
Four officers, up from two in 2011, reported injuries from encounters with suspects, with the most serious being a bite wound, the report said.
Seven officers were injured in 2010, the worst year for officer injuries over the past five years.
Taser use climbed slightly in 2012 with 14 reports, up from 11 in 2011.
In 2008, officers reported using a Taser 28 times, the highest period of Taser use in Grand Junction over the past five years. Five people also reported being injured by a police Taser in 2008.
The most common application of force in 2012 was “hands-on” fighting, or taking suspects to the ground, according to the report.