- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The head of Utah’s police chief organization says it’s a good thing that a new state report shows a drop in the number of times police forced their way into homes and buildings last year.

The report released Sunday shows police made 281 forcible entries, which is 17 percent less than in 2014.

Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross, who is president of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association, said Thursday that it’s hard to say what caused the drop but there were no deaths reported from any of the incidents, which he said is law enforcement’s goal.

The report says very few incidents involved a suspect who had a weapon, but Ross says that doesn’t show the whole picture.

Ross says the data doesn’t show if a surprise entry by police led to a safer situation than an announced entry.

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