Derbyshire Constabulary are committed to keeping the communities of Derbyshire safe.
Every day, Derbyshire Constabulary responds to hundreds of incidents and calls across our communities in urban and rural settings. The vast majority of these matters are resolved peacefully. However, on occasions it will be necessary for our officers to exercise use of force to protect the public, maintain order or keep themselves safe from harm.
Officers are trained and authorised to use force in specified circumstances. It is important to recognise that each use of force incident involves a unique set of circumstances, with the officer's decision making based on a variety of factors. The circumstances and considerations should be continually reassessed using the National Decision Model to achieve this
Responsibility for the use of force rests with the officer exercising that force. Officers must be able to show that the use of force was lawful, proportionate and necessary in the circumstances.
Recording use of force
All officers when resorting to any use of force (even the compliant application of handcuffs) must complete a use of force form whenever they use force against a person. This is to ensure that that there is increased transparency of our powers and provide greater reassurance amongst the public that force, when used, is proportionate, lawful, accountable and necessary in the circumstances. It will also assist in identifying training, tactics and officer safety issues.
Use of force scrutiny
The Use of Force Scrutiny Panel is an independent panel made up of members from our Independent Advisory Group (IAG) formed to consider the application of the use force within Derbyshire Constabulary. The Panel is jointly chaired by a member of the Independent Advisory Group and a Senior Police representative. The panel aims to inspire transparency, increase public confidence in the police and provide learning. The panel considers individual cases to assess and scrutinise use of force and identify areas of concern and good practice.
The panel meets quarterly to review our use of force records. Random dip-samples will take place and the panel will then meet to look at the appropriateness of the use of force used.
By examining records and body worn video footage, they will provide feedback to the force, highlighting any areas of concern or good practice.
Currently to take part in the use of Force Scrutiny Panel you will need to be a member of the Force Independent Advisory Group (IAG).
In addition to the independent external scrutiny of the use of force we also have a Use of Force Oversight Group consisting of key members of the force who monitor use of force data to review whether it is used fairly and proportionately and in accordance with our purpose principles and priorities.
How do I make a complaint?
Details of any complaint against police can be made via our form or by writing to us or by visiting your local police station.
Use of force data
In 2017 a commitment was made by forces nationally to both record Use of Force data and release the information to the public.
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.