Taser Use

MQT on 2005-04-16
Session date: 
April 16, 2005
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


a) What training is provided to officers before they are allowed to use Tasers? b) Could the Mayor provide numbers and reasons for the incidents where Taser's have been used during the last 12 months broken down by Borough? c) Please provide details of the number incidents which have resulted in injury or deaths resulting from Taser use. d) Please provide details of the number of complaints received as a result of its use. e) How many of these incidents would previously have resulted in an armed response team being called out with firearms?


Answer for Taser Use

Answer for Taser Use

Answered By: 
The Mayor

a) Only Authorised Firearms Officers (AFO) are trained in the use of Taser. They will have undergone an intensive firearms course before being authorised to carry firearms. Once authorised, they will undertake a 1 day course on the use of Taser. b) The MPS has also informed me that through Exemption 31 (whereby disclosure would hamper future operations) they are not at liberty to give me information as to why tasers have been used. In relation to use of Tasers, a trial ran from 21/04/03 to 21/0During these trials the taser have been used 31 times. Post trial to 01/03/05 the taser was used 28 times.The breakdown for use by borough is as follows:i) During Trial - Hounslow / Brent / Wandsworth / Hammersmith & Fulham / Croydon/ Enfield / Ealing.ii) Post Trial - Hammersmith & Fulham / Hounslow / Kent/ Kingston Upon Thames/ Lambeth / Kensington & Chelsea / Waltham Forest / Redbridge/ Hillingdon/ Nottinghamshire / Newham / Hackney / Kensington & Chelsea/ Southwark / Merton / Haringey / Haveringc) No incidents have resulted in deaths. Injuries caused have been limited to the barbs piercing the skin. These are only removed by suitably qualified professionals. d) All use of the Taser is investigated by the D.P.S. To date there has been 1 recorded public complaint. e) All of these incidents would have been previously attended by SO19 as they are all under the heading of "armed or otherwise so dangerous".4/04.