Tasers (16489/18)

Request

Please provide data on the number of times officers in your force have used Tasers on children aged 17 years old and younger.

Please can this be broken down by year (i) 2017 and (ii) 2018.

Please can this data be further broken down by:

(a) age; (b) ethnicity;  (c) category of highest use (i.e. Drawn, Aimed, Arched, Red Dotted, Drive Stun, Angled Drive Stun and Fired); (d) reason for use; and (e) location of use (i.e. in police custody,  in public etc)

For example:

2017                

Age of child         Ethnicity   Highest Use Reason for use Location of use

 

17 White-British Discharged / Fired    
14 Black or Black British-African Red dotted    
13 Chinese Aimed    

Response

Under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The information you requested for 2017 and January – March 2018 is available on the following websites:

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/tasers-used-against-children-under-18-8482_18/

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/use-of-force/

 

Under section 22 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already scheduled to be released into the public domain. The information you requested for April – June 2018 and July – September 2018 is due to be made available on the following website:

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/use-of-force/

REASON FOR DECISION

The information is exempt by virtue of the Section 22 (1) (Information intended for future publication)

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#foia-section-22-information-intended-for-future-publication

 

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure.

While release of this information may enhance public knowledge of this area, to respond to this request at this time would require the information to be retrieved and collated, and would involve a disproportionate use of resources. In. addition uncoordinated release of this information, especially without proper consultation with those involved is likely to cause mental anguish to the people involved and their families AND/OR before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.

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