New figures released by the Home Office detail for the first time every incident where a frontline officer employs a "use of force" during their duties. This includes ‘shouting’

Forms must be completed when an officer uses a so-called "force tactic", which includes everything from putting a non-compliant suspect in handcuffs to using a firearm. Officers are also required to record incidents of "tactical communication", when they shout at an assailant in order to get them to comply with an instruction.

While shouting itself is not technically considered to be a use of force, it must be recorded when it is used in conjunction with another tactic.

Despite welcoming the transparency that the data offers, frontline officers have expressed concern that they could end up spending more time filling in forms than actually fighting crime.

Joanne Purvis, Director of SecuriCare says, “If you stop and think about it this ‘tactical communication’ is an exercise of power; one person over another. It is designed to elicit “compliance” which is a form of control. It IS a restrictive practice. When you think of it as such doesn’t it make sense that a full an honest account of that power being exercised should be captured so that it can be analysed and lessons learnt from what happened? So that other, less intrusive approaches could be developed?”

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