Use of force

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:

When using force officers are governed by the following legislation:

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.

Download the latest Use of Force data.

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