Po­lice ‘use of force’ data

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Po­lice used force 580 times in Peter­bor­ough over a three month pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to newly re­leased fig­ures.

The Peter­bor­ough fig­ures for April to June this year made up nearly 50 per cent of the in­ci­dents Cam­bridgeshire po­lice used force in dur­ing this time. Po­lice say the data has been re­leased as part of a na­tional push for in­creased open­ness and trans­parency

The fig­ures show there were 451 oc­ca­sions force was used in Peter­bor­ough and an­other 129 in Thorpe Wood cus­tody. Sec­ond on the list was Cam­bridge with 220.

‘Use of Force’ cov­ers a wide va­ri­ety of ways of calm­ing sit­u­a­tions, such as hand­cuff­ing and taser. Deputy chief con­sta­ble Mike Col­bourne, health and safety lead for Bed­ford­shire, Cam­bridgeshire and Hert­ford­shire, said: “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.”

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