Reasonable force

MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation has asked politicians to define the level of 'reasonable force' an officer may use in a riot, citing the criticism they receive when they do carry out 'robust' policing. How would you define 'reasonable force' and 'robust policing'?


Answer for Reasonable force

Answer for Reasonable force

Answered By: 
The Mayor

What is 'reasonable force' and 'robust policing' is a complex matter. I would not commit to a definition as I would not want to constrain the judgement of chief officers and front-line police officers in such exceptional and challenging circumstances. I would expect each case to be reviewed on its merits.