Transparency regarding Taser Usage (2)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Between March 2012 and March 2014 how many times has Taser been drawn, aimed, arced red-dotted, fired, and used in drive-stun or angle drive stun mode? Please breakdown the information by month.


Answer for Transparency regarding Taser Usage (2)

Answer for Transparency regarding Taser Usage (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor


Please see the spreadsheet attached as Appendix 4.


Please note: Due to recent identified issues around Taser use reporting procedures, figures for Taser use during 2013 are not 100% accurate. Once issue is rectified, it is believed there will be approximately 12 additional Taser use reports to be added to the 2013 database.


Due to the way the statistics are stripped from the database for this and the previous questions, slight anomalies occur. The overall usage remains constant at 3322, however certain categories of usage differ, i.e. Red Dotted 1573 compared to 1574. This is most likely to have occurred due to officers ticking more than one box (for usage) and so different routines produce slightly different results.


Also, before November 2012, the ACPO National Accredited Taser Return Form (F6624) had no field specific to capture an Angled Drive Stun although it was an accepted usage which had been taught. This may have contributed to the total figure shown for Drive Stun.