The Q4 and April 2017 to March 2018 year end data for use of force within Avon and Somerset Constabulary is available here.
The roll-out of spit guards to patrol, neighbourhood, operational support and latterly the A&S Tri-Force officers commenced from early January 2018 so the Q4 figures are the first to include details of the use of spit guards, which were used on 30 occasions.
The year-end data shows what can largely be described as a ‘static’ picture with the quarterly figures for all uses of force figures fluctuating either side of 2,200 per quarter.
Approximately 44% of uses of force occur in Bristol, with Somerset having 39% and the North East policing area (Bath and S. Glos) 17%.
Further review and analysis of these figures is ongoing and further commentary will be added by the end of April.