PCC responds to West Yorkshire Police Use of Force Statistics (13 Dec 2018)

West Yorkshire Police has published statistics to show how many times force has been used by officers during their duties.

This is the first time that all police forces across the UK have released the 12 months data.

Click here to see the statistics

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"It is important that we are properly able to assess instances where there has been a 'Use of Force' and this new approach brings a further layer of transparency and accountability.

"It allows Commissioners to consider examples of best practice in line with other Forces and to continually monitor trends that help to inform and improve training for officers and staff.

"It is encouraging to see that tactical communication is used to resolve the greatest proportion of situations in West Yorkshire and indicates the high levels of professionalism that officers are demonstrating locally in the face of often difficult and challenging situations.

"The police use of force, as well as attacks on our staff is something that I keep a close eye on and regularly speak to the Chief Constable and officers/staff about.

"The fact that the vast majority of officers injured during the use of force are minor in nature, is also a welcome sign that our messages are beginning to sink in.

"Working recently and closely with Halifax MP Holly Lynch and the Police Federation in particular, I have put my full support behind the 'Protect the Protectors' campaign which has now led to new legislation being introduced meaning tougher sentences for those who assault police and other emergency workers which I welcome in sending out a strong message."

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