ST. LOUIS – A new law led to a dramatic increase in the number of Missouri police departments sharing data with the FBI on officers’ use-of-force.

St. Louis City and County police departments started submitting incident reports in 2020 to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection. Only a few other departments across the state signed up.

The Post-Dispatch reported that has changed since March when Missouri’s use-of-force transparency act took effect.

According to the FBI, 219 of Missouri’s 635 police agencies submitted use-of-force data during the first quarter of 2022. That’s a six-fold increase over last year’s total.