We're here to serve the public and that's at the heart of everything we do.
Our officers respond to hundreds of incidents across Cambridgeshire every day, upholding the law and keeping people safe. The majority of these incidents are resolved safely and without any kind of conflict, but there are occasions when our officers need to use force to protect themselves and others from harm.
The ‘use of force’ includes deploying of specialist resources such as dogs or Taser trained officers, using handcuffs or a baton to help make an arrest or even taking hold of someone’s arm to calm them.
Our use of force data
Every time one of our officers use force we log it so that there is transparency in the way that we police the county. The data is used to ensure that we police the county fairly and is also used to help inform and train officers.
We publish our data so that you can see what force has been used during a particular year.
Each use of force is logged by every police officer who attended a scene, so one incident may be logged several times.
The data aims to help us achieve one of our core values of being transparent in everything we do by informing the public of how and why we use force.
Recording and publishing this data is a significant change for forces across the UK as we previously used a range of recording systems. It is expected the number of incidents where force is used will be far greater than initial figures shown. The recording will increase as processes are embedded to give a true reflection in the future.
Use of force training
Officers are trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary. This data helps us to identify and act on any instances where this is not the case.