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Taser (218A/20)

Request

1. Please could I ask for the number of occasions in which a conducted energy device (i.e. a taser) was used in an incident by police staff between April 1st 2019 and March 31st 2020?

 2. Could you state in how many of these incidents the CED/taser was discharged and how many times it was not discharged?

 3. Could you also provide the same data for the time period April 1st 2018 to March 31st 2019 and also April 1st 2017 to March 31st 2018?

Response

Please note that these data attached should be interpreted with caution.

 

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.

 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.

Attachments

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