The Use of Force Scrutiny Panel is an independent panel established to review and provide feedback to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner relating to the Constabulary’s use of force. The panel examines both the officer statement and the Body Worn Video (BWV) footage of use of force incidents to establish whether the use of force was lawful, justified and proportionate in accordance with UK Government legislation and College of Policing guidance. The types of force scrutinised include: unarmed defence techniques, limb restraint, spit guard, baton, incapacitant spray and Taser. The panel’s discussion and conclusions are raised through the OPCC which then passes any concerns and good practice to the officer and officer’s supervisor to enable learning and training opportunities in the Constabulary’s use of force.
To provide constructive challenge and act as a 'critical friend’ to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Hertfordshire Constabulary.
To improve and maintain public confidence and satisfaction in Hertfordshire Constabulary.
To support the openness and transparency of Hertfordshire Constabulary in delivering a high-quality policing service.
To lead to improvement in Hertfordshire Constabulary’s legitimate and ethical use of force in accordance with professional standards.
Who we are
The panel is comprised of the residents of Hertfordshire from a diverse range of backgrounds. The panel aims to be as representative of the population of Hertfordshire as possible to ensure that the conclusions of the panel represent the views of Hertfordshire’s citizens. The panel meets every two months to ensure a high frequency of scrutiny is maintained. These meetings take place both virtually and in-person, alternating between the two formats.
For further information concerning the aims and objectives, please read through the official OPCC Use of Force Scrutiny Panel Terms of Reference.