We are responsible for maintaining order and keeping people safe. To fulfil these duties, officers occasionally need to use force to protect both themselves and the public from harm.
The term ‘use of force’ covers a range of ways that suspects are detained, including unarmed defence tactics, cooperative handcuffing and both the drawing and use of taser. Our use of force data is released every three months. It is captured using a form designed to comply with both Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) guidelines that came into effect in October 2016.
Police officers are confronted with difficult situations every day. They walk toward danger when others walk away, thinking and acting quickly to keep people safe. These reports give an insight into what being a police officer involves and the challenges they deal with.