Police ‘use of force’ data
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.”