Taser use and high-risk groups

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6103
Question By: 
Sian Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

There is a higher risk of death or serious injury from Taser discharge to young, elderly people and those with mental illness or under the influence of drugs. When undergoing Taser training, what guidance do Metropolitan Police Officers receive regarding high-risk groups?

Answer

Taser use and high-risk groups

Taser use and high-risk groups

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MPS Taser training is based on the approved College of Policing curriculum, both for initial training and annual refreshers. The officers are all trained in, and use, the National Decision making (NDM) model.  Also included is an understanding of Article 2 and Code of Ethics.  

The training includes a module on “dealing with vulnerable people” which includes all of the groups mentioned in the question. The module looks at behaviour, appearance, communication and environmental factors as well as identifying groups particularly at risk, including mentally vulnerable people, distressed or disoriented people, people with disabilities (both physical and mental) and children.

The lesson provides an input into the likely effects of a Taser on these people and potential risk factors that may be present, as well as strategies to help diffuse the situation.