Use of Force

Our officers face difficult situations every day.

A thankfully small percentage of these situations will result in the officer having to use force, be it to protect the public, maintain order or keep themselves from harm.

They are extensively trained to use this force proportionately, lawfully and only when it is absolutely necessary.

Use of force performance information

When force has been used against a person, our officers are required to record it.

This ensures that we are held to account, that any trends are identified and any training, equipment or officer safety issues can be understood. All of this ensures that our use of force is fit for purpose.

This information includes any form of restraint, handcuffing, use of a Taser or irritant spray.

We've included as an attachment to this page our raw data relating to these records.

This is presented in a useful Excel format so you have direct access to the information.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.