Calgary Police Service

Use of Force

Calgary Police Service Use of Force

Officers are required to report any use of force beyond handcuffing and basic physical control techniques.

Officers’ reports are reviewed by both the commanding officer or training officer in their district, and our Force Review Officer. These reviews help ensure force is being used properly, help us address cases where force was incorrect, and help us refine our training to respond to emerging trends. 

In the first half of 2020, we arrested 10,675 people for criminal offences and had 284,608 interactions with the public overall. Reportable force was used in 392 of these cases to lawfully arrest a person who was resisting or violent towards themselves, officers or others. 

Reportable force so far this year is around three percent lower than average. 


Starting in 2021, annual reports on our use of force will be published on this site.


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