Police use of force has far-reaching implications for human rights, as well as consequences for public and officer safety and police legitimacy more broadly. Research conducted at the University of Exeter directly contributed to developing an internationally acclaimed reporting system for the use of force in England and Wales; improved national practices on police use of force through new national guidance and training; and new monitoring methodologies for HMIC inspectors to use when assessing force. As a result, nationally the police have: improved monitoring and reporting processes; an enhanced understanding of how force is used in practice; improved training and guidance; and enhanced inspection and accountability post-incident mechanisms. Internationally, this research has helped develop new norms and standards associated with the use of force.
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