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Taser Discharges for Possession of a Weapon - 857/19

Date Responded 25 July 2019

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. For the calendar year 2017 how many times was a CED (taser) discharged by an officer in relation to the offender having possession of a weapon?
  2. For the calendar year 2018 how many times was a CED (taser) discharged by an officer in relation to the offender having possession of a weapon?
  3. For the period 1st January - 1st July 2019, how many times was a CED (taser) discharged by an officer in relation to the offender having possession of a weapon?

In Response:

The requested information was collated from the Force CED usage database.  The data was collated by calendar year for 2017 and 2018.  For 2019 the information was collated from 1 January - 1 July 2019.

  1. A CED (taser) was discharged 26 times in relation to an offender being in possession of a weapon.
  2. A CED (taser) was discharged 42 times in relation to an offender being in possession of a weapon.
  3. A CED (taser) was discharged 25 times in relation to an offender being in possession of a weapon.
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