Police use of Taser (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3580
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

How many times have Met officers deployed tasers against patients detained under the Mental Health Act? Please provide a breakdown by use of taser type (e.g. 'Drawn', 'Aimed', 'Arced', 'Red-dot', 'Drive stun', 'Angled drive stun' and 'Fired') and calendar year since 2012.

Answer

Answer for Police use of Taser (1)

Answer for Police use of Taser (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS collects data on taser deployment; however they do not collect specific data on whether a person on whom a taser is deployed has been detained under an Act. Therefore, unfortunately, I am unable to provide you with this data.

The MPS only record if a taser makes contact (is fired, drive stun or angled drive stun) with an individual who is perceived by the officer to have a mental health disorder, or if someone has informed them that this is the case.

Additionally, the vast majority of taser deployments are spontaneous and would occur before any subsequent detention or diagnosis under the Mental Health Act.

There will be exceptions, however for the reasons given above, these are not searchable retrospectively.