Every time an officer has to use force as part of their duties, this is recorded and documented outlining the circumstances, action and rationale.
A new Use of Force Scrutiny Panel has been launched in 2020 in order to help the force improve its use of and approach to policing in the event of arrest, or in any number of scenarios including when utilising stop and search powers.
Members of the new panel have been drawn from volunteers within the community and those who also sit on the force’s Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel. Members come from a mix of careers, backgrounds, ages and gender.
We also have an external scrutiny panel comprising five members of the public who meet quarterly to review data and target specific issues – for example the use of Taser.
In addition all of our data is sent to the Home Office for additional scrutiny.
A dashboard is widely available to all officers and supervisors can use it to review to review the use of force in their teams.
Every occasion that force is used within a mental health setting is reviewed by a mental health supervisory team and all use of Taser is reviewed by force TASER lead.
Further to this, all use of force on under 10s are reviewed and a Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire working group has been set up to address all UoF issues. This includes representatives from Learning and Development and Professional Standards Department.