Taser Use (4943_16)

Request

I want to find out a bit more about your force’s use of tasers. Can you provide me with information?

1. How many times have your officers drawn a taser gun in the last 10 years? (please provide yearly breakdown)
2. How many times have your officers aimed a taser gun in the last 10 years? (please provide yearly breakdown)
3. How many times have your officers arced a taser gun in the last 10 years? (please provide yearly breakdown)
4. How many times have your officers red dotted a taser gun in the last 10 years? (please provide yearly breakdown)
5. How many times have your officers drive stunned a taser gun in the last 10 years? (please provide yearly breakdown)
6. How many times have your officers fired a taser gun in the last 10 years? (please provide yearly breakdown)

* If for any of the years you don’t have the breakdown as requested above please simply indicate how many discharges and non discharges there were for each year.

7. How many injuries have resulted from the use of taser guns in the last 10 years? Please provide date of each incident and describe extent of injury.
8. How many deaths have resulted from the use of taser guns in the last 10 years?

Response

In relation to questions 1 – 6 this information can be found via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/police-use-of-taser-statistics-england-and-wales-2009-to-2011-data-tables

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide the information in relation to questions 7 and 8. We would initially have to manually research each form submitted, to determine whether any injuries were recorded. To do this for all occasions would breach the cost threshold.

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.

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