Police Manuals

The goal of this project is to create a directory of police policies and procedures. Currently, police departments in 11 of the top 25 largest U.S. cities do not post their operating procedures online. The International Association of Chiefs of Police restricts access to its model policies to members. I am in the process of filing records requests for unavailable manuals and uploading others to Document Cloud. (You can find the Document Cloud project here.) Journalists, law enforcement officers, programmers, data viz-types, and concerned citizens: feel free to use this however you please.

City Posted By Department: Available: Year:
Albuquerque Yes Standard Operating Procedures current
Anchorage Yes Manual 2014
Atlanta No (cost $22) Policy Manual, Use-of-Force Policy Current
Austin Yes Policy Manual (uploaded to Document Cloud) 2015
Baltimore Yes Policies
Boston Yes Rules and Procedures Current
Columbus Yes Directives, Use-of-Force Policy 2015
Charlotte Yes Directives (uploaded to Document Cloud) 2015
Chicago Yes Directives Current
Cleveland No 2013 use-of-force policy and practices study by Police Executive Research Forum.
Cincinnati Yes Procedure Manual, use-of-force policy. Current
Dallas No General Orders, Use-of-force policy, list of SOPs
Denver Yes Operations Manual, Use-of-force policy, crowd-control policy Current
Detroit No Operating procedures exempt from disclosure
Durham Yes General Orders Manual Current
El Paso No
Fort Worth No General Orders Manual
Honolulu Yes Policies Current
Houston No General Orders 2015
Indianapolis No Use-of-Force Policy
Las Vegas Yes Manual, use-of-force policy
Los Angeles Yes Manual Current
Memphis No Use-of-deadly-force policy released July 2015.
Miami-Dade Use-of-Force Policy Current
Minneapolis Yes Policy and Procedure Manual Current
New Orleans Yes Policy Manual 2014
New York City No Patrol Guide, list of printed forms 2015
Oklahoma City Yes Police Operations Manual (2014), Use-Of-Force Policy 2014
Philadelphia Yes Directives Current
Phoenix Yes Operations Orders Current
Portland Yes Directives Current
San Antonio No SAPD Open Data Initiative
San Diego No Latest version requested
San Francisco Yes General Orders Current
San Jose Yes Duty Manual
Seattle Yes Manual Current
Washington, D.C. Yes General Orders Current