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Use of Force 2019/2020 Q4

Only 7% of incidents which took place in January to March 2020 involved Use of Force.

  • Total number of incidents: 39,370
  • Number of Uses of Force recorded: 2,657

How we used force during this time period?

Types of Use of Force used

  • Tactical communication: 365
  • Unarmed skill used (push, wrist lock): 1,308
  • Handcuffs: 922
  • Incapacitant drawn/used: 76
  • Spit guard used: 110
  • TASER usage: 221 (fired: 36)
  • Baton drawn/used: 6
  • Police dog deployed: 4
  • Firearm discharged: 0 (drawn/presented: 0)

Statistical breakdown of data

Gender of the subject:

  • 21% Female
  • 79% Male

Ethnicity of the subject:

  • 4% Black
  • 1% Asian
  • 60% White British
  • 2% Other
  • 33% Unknown/not stated

Reason for Use of Force:

  • 41% Prevent harm
  • 24% Arrest
  • 13% Prevent offence
  • 11% Apprehension
  • 5% Other
  • 6% Unknown

Subject characteristics:

  • 30% Violent behaviour/language
  • 22% Mental health
  • 20% Alcohol/drugs
  • 18% Other
  • 6% Threats
  • 4% Weapon
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