Police officers are trained in the use of force and occasionally face circumstances where the use of force is appropriate.
They receive initial and ongoing Officer Safety Training to include:
- Use of friction lock baton
- Use of rigid handcuffs
- Use of aerosol incapacitate
- Fast straps
- Unarmed tactics
- Tactical communications
- Spit guards
- Police Support Unit training
- A number of officers are also trained in the use of Taser.
When using force officers are governed by the following legislation:
- Section 117 PACE 1984 (when an arrest is made force may be used)
- Human Rights Act 1998 (force must always be proportionate, legal, officers are accountable and it must have been necessary)
- Section 3 Criminal Law Act 1967 (officers may use reasonable force in the circumstances to prevent crime)
- Common Law (an officer may use force to protect themselves or another)
Find out more about the core principles of use of force on the College of Policing website.