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Use of Force 2020/21 Q4

Only 18% of incidents which took place in January to March 2021 involved Use of Force.

  • Total number of incidents: 43,172
  • Number of Uses of Force recorded: 7,869

How did we use force during this time period?

Use of Force - Types of Force Used Q4

Types of Use of Force used:

  • Unarmed skills/physical restraint used: 1,953
  • Compliant handcuffing: 1,521
  • Non-compliant handcuffing: 1,126
  • Ground restraint: 729
  • Limb/body restraints: 279
  • Taser: 340
  • Other/improvised: 301
  • Spit guard: 120
  • Irritant spray – drawn: 138
  • Irritant spray – used: 109
  • Baton drawn: 71
  • Baton used: 55

Comparison to national statistics

Use of Force- Types of Force Used - National Comparison Q4

Restraint tactics:

  • National: 62%
  • Avon and Somerset: 54%

Unarmed skills:

  • National: 22%
  • Avon and Somerset: 28%

Less lethal weapons:

  • National: 5%
  • Avon and Somerset: 6%

Other equipment:

  • National: 4%
  • Avon and Somerset: 7%

Other tactics:

  • National: 4%
  • Avon and Somerset: 5%

Firearms:

  • National: 1%
  • Avon and Somerset: 0.5%

Statistical breakdown of data

Gender of subject:

  • 3,182 Male
  • 905 Female
  • 22 Transgender

Ethnicity of subject:

  • 85% White
  • 9% Black
  • 2% Mixed heritage
  • 2% Asian
  • 1% Somalian
  • 1% Other

Body worn video:

  • 90% of the time

Officer threatened:

  • 80% No
  • 20% Yes

Taser use per month 2020/21

Use of Force- Taser Use Q3

Taser use per month:

  • April 2020: 98
  • May 2020: 132
  • June 2020: 108
  • July 2020: 105
  • August 2020: 110
  • September 2020: 115
  • October 2020: 92
  • November 2020: 95
  • December 2020: 92
  • January 2021: 118
  • February 2021: 116
  • March 2021: 117
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