Taser Stats (19828/18)
For the years 2016, 2017 and the period 1st January 2018 to 1st November 2018, could you please tell me:
1) How many times did your police officers discharge a Taser in drive stun mode at a person?
2) How many times did your police officers discharge a Taser in angled drive stun mode at a person?
3) How many times did your police officers fire a Taser at a person (i.e. so that the barbs are discharged at the subject)?
4) If it is within the time/cost limit set out by the FOI Act, for questions 1, 2 and 3, could you tell me the age range (i.e youngest to oldest) of the people who police officers fired Tasers at?
If you are unable to answer question 4 because it is not within the time/cost limit, please answer the other questions listed only.
5) How many times did your police officers fire a Taser or discharge a Taser in drive stun mode or angled drive stun mode at an animal?
6) For question 5, could you list the type of animals that police officers fired/discharged Tasers at?
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 is available on the following website.
Taser data for 2016 – https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/conducted-energy-devices-taser/
Taser data for 2017 – Please see attachment (19828_Attachment)
Taser data for 2018 (January – March) – 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:
REASON FOR DECISION
The information is exempt by virtue of the Section 22 (1) (Information intended for future publication)
This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:
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 before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.