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Use of force

Our officers are trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary.
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.

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.

Should anyone feel that they have been unfairly treated then they can make a complaint via our online form.

Use of force data  

Use of force - 2020-2021
Use of force data Use of force summary
July-September 2020  October-December 2020
April-June 2020  
Use of force - 2019-2020
Use of force data Use of force summary
January-March 2020 Use of force summary January-March 2020
October-December 2019 Use of force summary October-December 2019
July-September 2019 Use of force summary July-September 2019
Use of force - 2018-2019
Use of force data Use of force summary
January-March 2019 Use of force summary January-March 2019
October-December 2018 Use of force summary October-December 2018
July - September 2018 Use of force summary July - September 2018
April - June 2018 Use of force summary April - June 2018
Use of force - 2017-2018
Use of force data Use of force summary
January - March 2018 Use of force summary January - March 2018
October - December 2017 Use of force summary October - December 2017
July - September 2017 Use of force summary July - September 2017
April - June 2017 Use of force summary April - June 2017

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