Taser Under 16 (580_15)

Request

1 a) On how many occasions during the calendar year 2014 was a Taser deployed against a person aged 16 and under. Please provide a breakdown of both the ages of the individuals as well as the method of Taser deployment (for example, but not limited to, drive-stun, firings, drawn, red-dotted etc.)

 

 

  1. b) Please also provide a detailed summary for each incident where the Taser was FIRED or used to STUN as recorded in your log or the Taser deployment form, including where recorded (but not limited to) the reason for Taser firing or stunning, the area of the body hit, the number of times the individual was hit, and any adverse health effects from the Taser deployment. I do not require summaries for other types of deployment (eg. drawn, red dot)

Response

1 a) On how many occasions during the calendar year 2014 was a Taser deployed against a person aged 16 and under. Please provide a breakdown of both the ages of the individuals as well as the method of Taser deployment (for example, but not limited to, drive-stun, firings, drawn, red-dotted etc.)

 

 

 

Count of Deployment Deployment
Age Aimed Arced Drawn Fired Red Dot Total
13 1 1 1 3
14 1 1 2 4 8
15 2 2 4 8
16 2 4 1 7 14
Total 6 1 5 5 16 33

 

Please note that the above table provides the count of deployments, not the count of persons Tasered, the information provided is taken from the reports submitted and does not necessarily indicate the number of incidents attended.

 

Each time a Taser is deployed, the use is recorded and a report is submitted. If two officers attend an incident and both draw their Tasers then two reports are submitted. This is the case even if only one of the Tasers is fired.

 

 

  1. b) Please also provide a detailed summary for each incident where the Taser was FIRED or used to STUN as recorded in your log or the Taser deployment form, including where recorded (but not limited to) the reason for Taser firing or stunning, the area of the body hit, the number of times the individual was hit, and any adverse health effects from the Taser deployment. I do not require summaries for other types of deployment (eg. drawn, red dot)

 

Male, aged 15, in possession of numerous bladed weapons, Taser fired which hit on the chest once, No adverse heath effects.

 

Male, aged 16, running from officers after attempted burglary, Taser fired which hit subjects clothing, barbs did not attach.

 

Aggressive male, aged 15, suffering from unpredictable volatile behavioural problems, threatening officers in a kitchen area, Taser fired which hit on the chest once, bee sting marks

 

Male, aged 14 threatening self harm with hammer, 2 Taser deployed one missed and the other hit on the chest, bee sting marks

 

 

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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