Met Officers in Brent - Use of Batons

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/0572
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Data from the Home Office shows that Met Police Officers in Brent used their batons 25 times from April to November last year, almost double the figure for any other police force. This is despite the fact Brent has lower levels of violent crime than 14 other boroughs.

Use of weapons such as batons, Tasers, dogs and irritant sprays in Brent was also the third highest in the capital. Tasers were fired 16 times and police dogs have bitten people on two occasions.

I am concerned about these figures.  What are your thoughts on this?

Answer

Answer for Met Officers in Brent - Use of Batons

Answer for Met Officers in Brent - Use of Batons

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All officers receive training in police powers and human rights in relation to the use of force. The MPS is satisfied that the use of force is not an area of concern and that sufficient control measures and processes in place not to become complacent continue to set the highest standards for our police officers.

In addition, my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime held an Extraordinary Oversight Board with the MPS on 5 February 2018 to scrutinise the use of force within the Met, including its variance in terms of geography and protected characteristics.

Over the last year, there were only 11 complaints for use of force from the thousands of incidents dealt with in Brent; one was for use of Taser, and none for batons, CS spray or use of police dogs. Over the same period, 144 Brent officers were violently assaulted, including attempted murder and GBH, which gives some context to the level of hostility police officers can be faced with whilst protecting our communities. I am extremely proud of the professionalism, courage and tolerance they demonstrate every day.