North Yorkshire Police’s use of force revealed in seven charts

Police on Feasegate, York. Photograph: YorkMix
31 Jul 2017 @ 2.36 pm
| Crime, News

In the previous three months, North Yorkshire Police used force 901 times.

That included 191 uses of ground restraint, 55 uses of the taser stun gun and three uses of the baton.

In 148 cases it involved someone under the age of 18. And 222 of those subjected to an officer’s use of force were women.

These figures, covering April-June 2017, were released on Monday (July 31) as part of North Yorkshire Police’s commitment to greater openness.

‘Keeping people safe’

Superintendent Dave Hannan, of North Yorkshire Police, said the quarterly publication of this data on police use of force “will demonstrate the legitimacy of our tactics and the robustness of our monitoring processes.

“It will provide greater transparency than ever before into how and why force is used, strengthening the vital relationship between the police and the public that is at the heart of our model of policing by consent.”

He said the data also gave the force a wealth of useful information about the effectiveness of different techniques.

Supt Hannan added:

Police officers and staff are confronted with difficult situations every day. We are charged with maintaining order and keeping people safe.

In fulfilling those duties, we will sometimes need to use force to protect the public and ourselves from harm.

Force should be used proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary.

You can find the data on the North Yorkshire Police website.

What the data shows

Police officers training in safe use of force. Photograph: North Yorkshire Police

As part of a national commitment for all forces to collate and publish data on use of force, details of each incident in which force is used will be published.

Be aware that if two officers use force against a single person during a single police encounter, there will be two records created.

In this period, 901 use of force records were submitted – these related to 607 separate incidents.