Use of defensive tactics is defined as having to physically take someone to the ground, use of a Dart Firing Stun Gun (taser), aerosol spray, impact weapon, non-lethal weapons, less-lethal weapons, up to deadly force.
Under Sheriff Staly, use of defensive tactics have been lower every year compared to the year he was elected. In 2016, under the former Sheriff, defensive tactics were used in 48 total incidents (28 in Law Enforcement Services, 20 in Detention Services). In 2022, defensive tactics were used in 38 total incidents (22 in Law Enforcement Services, 16 in Detention Services); a 20.83% reduction.
Based on the number of arrests per year, FCSO's statistics show that an arrestee has a 0.04% chance of having force used by an FCSO deputy during an arrest.
It is estimated that deputies would have been legally justified to use lethal force 12–15 times since Sheriff Staly took office, but were able to de-escalate each situation successfully.
"These are not new policy changes for us. We have taught these basics for years now," Sheriff Rick Staly said. "As a four-diamond accredited agency, we have implemented and train our deputies using the best model policies and practices recomended by national and state organizations. I also support the creation of a nationwide database to stop rogue officers going from agency to agency."