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Taser Equipped Officers - 1268/19

Date Responded 29 October 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. How many police officers are currently trained to use of a Taser.
  2. Which departments/units (i.e. Roads Policing/Neighbourhood Policing) contain officers who carry Tasers.
  3. Do you intend to increase the number of Taser trained officers over the next 12 months.
  4. If so, by how many.
  5. Are Tasers issued to any officer who wish's to undergo the training required.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the People Services Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. 707.
  2. Officers based within Response and Neighbourhood are trained to carry Tasers, additionally there are a number of Officers throughout the Force and in specialist roles who are Taser trained.
  3. Yes.
  4. This has not yet been ratified.
  5. Tasers are not issued to untrained Officers.  If an officer wishes to be considered for training to use a Taser, it is placed within their Personal Development Plan to enable appropriate approval to be given by supervision.
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