Police are charged with maintaining order and keeping people safe. In fulfilling those duties, officers will sometimes need to use force on behalf of the state to protect the public and themselves form harm.
‘Use of Force’ covers a wide variety of ways of detaining suspects, including Unarmed Defence Tactics , Cooperative handcuffing and the drawing and use of Taser.
The data published for the first time covers the first quarter period of 2017/18, April to June inclusive. This data is captured using a new form that was designed to comply with both IPCC and NPCC guidelines and came into effect in October 2016. Each occurrence is logged by every attending officer, so one incident might be logged several times, and the data will be released quarterly on this page.
This data will provide greater transparency into how and why force is used; strengthening the relationship between the police and the public which is at the heart of our model of policing by consent.
Police officers are confronted with difficult situations every day. They walk towards danger when others walk away, thinking and acting quickly to keep people safe. These report gives an insight into what being a police officer involves and the challenges they deal with on society’s behalf.
Officers are trained to use to force proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary. This data will help us to identify and act on any instances where this is not the case.
Recording and publishing all of this data is a significant change for forces across the UK as we previously used a range of recording systems. It is expected the number of incidents where force is used will be far greater than initial figures show. The recording will increase as processes are embedded to give a true reflection in the future.