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Use of force data

Keeping people in Essex safe often means police officers intervening in dangerous or complex situations. It also means, on occasion, using force to protect the public at the scene of an incident, a police officer making an arrest or the person being arrested.

When we use the term ‘use of force’ it can mean any tactic available to officers, from taking hold of someone’s arm, using or removing handcuffs or applying a spit guard, to using using a baton, CS spray, Taser or a firearm.

The data also records where officers have been injured either directly before or where exercising use of force.

Like every police force, we must record every use of force and publish data every quarter. 



Use of force: April to June 2017 data (xlsx data format)
Use of force: July to September 2017 data (xlsx data format)
Use of force: October to December 2017 data (xlsx data format)

About the latest figures

Figures published October 30 2017 using data from July 1 – 30 September 2017

  • We used force on 6,640 occasions against 2,334 individuals.
    • 78% of those individuals were men; Men aged between 18 and 34 accounted for 37% of incidents of use of force.
    • People with a perceived physical disability accounted for 30 (1.3%) of incidents of use of force, and people with a perceived mental disability accounted for 323 (13.8%) incidents
    • 180 minor-level injuries were recorded as sustained by subjects of use of force during the reporting period.
    • 157 injuries were sustained by police officers. One of these injuries was classed as ‘severe’ with the rest classed as ‘minor’
  • Handcuffing individuals was recorded on 2,115 occasions, accounting for 31% of use of force 
  • Taser was fired on 4 occasions
  • Police dogs bit on 7 occasions

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