Police officers are trained in the use of force and occasionally face circumstances where the use of force is appropriate.
They receive initial and ongoing Officer Safety Training to include:
- Use of friction lock baton
- Use of rigid handcuffs
- Use of aerosol incapacitate
- Fast straps
- Unarmed tactics
- Tactical communications
- Police Support Unit training
- A number of officers are also trained in the use of Taser.
When using force officers are governed by the following legislation:
- Section 117 PACE 1984 (when an arrest is made force may be used)
- Human Rights Act 1998 (force must always be proportionate, legal, officers are accountable and it must have been necessary)
- Section 3 Criminal Law Act 1967 (officers may use reasonable force in the circumstances to prevent crime)
- Common Law (an officer may use force to protect themselves or another)
Find out more about the core principles of use of force on the College of Policing website.
Recording use of force
Nationally officers are required to complete a Use of Force form whenever they use force against a person.
Research consistently shows that only a small percentage of police-public interactions will result in a use of force.