Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can you provide data on the number of times tasers have been used against children aged under 18 in each of the local authorities covered by the police force in the most recent calendar year (2015).
Please provide the data broken down by categories of use: Drawn, Aimed, Arced, Red Dotted, Drive Stun, Angled Drive Stun and Fired.
Please could you also provide information on the youngest person a taser was used against in 2015 (age, category of use).
Please find attached our response.
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.