Taser deployment (3146_15)

Request

The total number of times a Taser has been deployed for calendar year 2015 / 2014 / 2013, providing the gender and age of the person the Taser was deployed against.

Response

The information supplied is for all types of deployment, This includes ‘red dotting’ someone to ‘firing’ the taser.

The data supplied is the number times a taser has been deployed (this is not the number of people that tasers have been deployed against; it is the number of times a taser has been deployed. For example, 1 person may have had two tasers deployed against them.

2015 data is from 01/01/2015 – 31/07/15.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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