Tasered Animals (990_15 )

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request the following information:

How many animals were tasered by your force in:

1) 2012-3
2) 2013-4
3) 2014-5 so far

NB: If you do not collate statistics by financial year, please just give them by calendar year. If you do not have data for 2014-5, please ignore that.

If possible, could you specify what types of animals (including breeds i.e. of dogs) were tasered?

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

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.
Year Total and type of animal
2012 -2013 5 dogs
2013- 2014 1 dog
2014 – 2015 3 dogs
2015- to present no recorded information

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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