Use of Force


Officers are trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary. Using a small amount of force through handcuffing or a form of restraint can quickly calm a situation down or prevent the individual or others coming to harm.


Statistics showing the number of times officers have had to use force to detain suspects across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire were released on 26 July 2017.


As part of a national push for increased openness and transparency, details of every occasion officers have had to use a tactic to protect the public from harm, have been recorded and are being published for each of the three forces' websites.


Officers across the three forces have been formally recording ‘use of force’ incidents since October 2016 – filling in forms for each incident if they were present. This means a single use of force may be recorded several times if more than one officer was on the scene at the time.


Statistics are expected to rise over the coming months as officers get used to the new process.