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Use of Force 2019 Q3

Only 6% of incidents which took place in October to December 2019 involved Use of Force.

  • Total number of incidents: 42,907
  • Number of Uses of Force recorded: 2,538

How did we use force during this time period?

Types of Use of Force used

  • Tactical communication: 386
  • Unarmed skill used (push, wrist lock): 1,181
  • Handcuffs: 817
  • Incapacitant drawn/used: 91
  • Spit guard used: 87
  • TASER fired 66 (usage: 186)
  • Baton drawn/used: 14
  • Police dog deployed: 1
  • Firearm discharged: 0 (drawn/presented: 0)

Statistical breakdown of data

Gender of the subject:

  • 20% Female
  • 80% Male

Ethnicity of the subject:

  • 5% Black
  • 1% Asian
  • 58% White British
  • 2% Other
  • 34% Unknown/not stated

Reason for Use of Force:

  • 42% Prevent harm
  • 24% Arrest
  • 13% Prevent offence
  • 11% Apprehension
  • 6% Other
  • 5% Unknown

Subject characteristics:

  • 29% Violent behaviour/language
  • 24% Mental health
  • 19% Alcohol/drugs
  • 18% Other
  • 5% Threats
  • 4% Weapon
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