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OIBRS UOF Definition

Ohio’s IBR program defines a Use of Force incident for state reporting purposes as follows:

A use of force incident to be reported through OIBRS is defined as an incident when a law enforcement or corrections officer uses any empty hand technique on a person, uses a less than lethal weapon or other object used as a less than lethal weapon on a person, discharges a firearm at or in the direction of a person, or uses any other lethal weapon or object used as a lethal weapon. Empty hand techniques do not include standard handcuffing procedures on a compliant person or escort position to a vehicle or holding area. This data collection to the Ohio IBR program does not include un-holstering a firearm and pointing it at a person or displaying any other type of lethal or less than lethal weapon or device.

Although the Ohio IBR program defines what is collected at the state level for statistical reporting purposes, law enforcement agencies can collect use of force incident data for more scenario types based on what their individual agency policies require.