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Use of Force 2020/21 Q2

Only 8% of incidents which took place in July to September 2020 involved Use of Force.

  • Total number of incidents: 44,664
  • Number of Uses of Force recorded: 3,370

How did we use force during this time period?

ASP Use of Force_Q2_2020 grid

Types of Use of Force used

  • Tactical communication: 398
  • Unarmed skill used (push, wrist lock): 1,779
  • Handcuffs: 1,158
  • Incapacitant drawn/used: 136
  • Spit guard used: 48
  • Taser fired 51 (usage: 230)
  • Baton drawn/used: 10
  • Police dog deployed: 3
  • Firearm discharged: 0
  • Firearm drawn/presented: 2

Statistical breakdown of data

ASP Use of Force_Q2_2020

Gender of subject:

  • 12% Female
  • 88% Male

Ethnicity of subject:

  • 7% Black
  • 1% Asian
  • 81% White British
  • 6% Other
  • 5% Unknown/not stated

Reason for Use of Force:

  • 38% Prevent harm
  • 26% Arrest
  • 13% Prevent offence
  • 11% Apprehension
  • 6% 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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