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Use of Force 2020/21 Q1

Only 7% of incidents which took place in April to June 2020 involved Use of Force.

  • Total number of incidents: 47,791
  • Number of Uses of Force recorded: 3,197

How did we use force during this time period?

Types of Use of Force used

  • Tactical communication: 396
  • Unarmed skill used (push, wrist lock): 1,613
  • Handcuffs: 1,031
  • Incapacitant drawn/used: 98
  • Spit guard used: 76
  • Taser fired 54 (usage: 250)
  • Baton drawn/used: 5
  • Police dog deployed: 5
  • Firearm discharged: 0
  • Firearm drawn/presented: 3

Statistical breakdown of data

Gender of subject:

  • 22% Female
  • 78% Male

Ethnicity of subject:

  • 8% Black
  • 1% Asian
  • 80% White British
  • 7% Other
  • 4% Unknown/not stated

Reason for Use of Force:

  • 41% Prevent harm
  • 24% Arrest
  • 13% Prevent offence
  • 10% Apprehension
  • 6% Other
  • 6% Unknown

Subject characteristics:

  • 29% Violent behaviour/language
  • 24% Mental health
  • 19% Alcohol/drugs
  • 17% Other
  • 7% Threats
  • 4% Weapon
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