Use of Force is an essential tool in preventing and reducing crime and when used appropriately, this can be effective in keeping the communities of Bedfordshire safe. Nonetheless, it is important that the public understand their rights. The Police and Crime Commissioner holds Bedfordshire Police to account for their delivery of Use of Force.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has responsibility to hold the Chief Constable to account for an efficient and effective police force. In terms of monitoring the Force’s use of Use of Force, the PCC receives updates to his Delivery and Beating Crime Board on a quarterly basis. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner holds the governance responsibility for the Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel/Use of Force Scrutiny Panel meeting and attends the meeting as an observer.
The Use of Force Scrutiny Group reviews the Use of Force data, outcomes of Use of Force and it also reviews Use of Force which has been recorded to scrutinise use of the power.
The purpose of the Use of Force Scrutiny Panel is:
The Use of Force Panel is independent and is formed to consider the application of the use of force used within Bedfordshire Police. The Panel’s aims are to ensure accountability, through openness and transparency with the police service. Individual cases are assessed to identify areas of concern and good practice.
Use of Force Scrutiny Panel members are: