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Date Responded 22 August 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. Can you please state how many times officers used a Taser in the past five years?
  2. Can you please break this down for each calendar year? So for clarity, I am looking for separate figures for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.
  3. For each calendar year, or financial year if that is how the force records its data, please state how many times the Taser was: a, Drawn,  b, Aimed,  c, Red dotted,  d, Arced,  e, Fired,  f, Drive stun,  g, Angled drive stun

4.For each of these categories in each calendar year, please state how many times the "IMPACT FACTOR" was "POSSESSION OF A WEAPON". If you are able to provide breakdowns, including weapon type, please do so.

5. Please state how many officers within the force are trained to use a Taser.

In Response:

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

1-3.

Year

Drawn

Aimed

Red Dotted

Arched

Fired

Drive Stun

Angled

Totals

2014

47

5

21

0

20

0

0

93

2015

26

5

25

0

27

0

0

83

2016

17

0

38

0

23

0

0

78

2017

32

2

61

2

28

0

0

125

2018

36

22

112

3

50

0

0

223

 

4. The weapon break down is classed as type, not amount, as we do not hold the information to the amount of weapons that are involved at a particular incident (one incident could involve more than one offender, that could have multiple weapons), also please note that there could be several officers at an incident, that could be from drawn to discharged dependant on the situation.  In order to assist and provide you with something that may be useful our researcher has kindly produced a yearly table to what weapons were present at the incidents and this is provided in the below table.

 

2014

Knives, hammers, claw hammers, shears, corkscrews, pick axe, firearms, meat cleavers, machetes, pitch fork, fire extinguisher, sharp instruments, blades,

2015

Knives, firearms, broken glass, pool ball, chainsaw, metal poles, blunt instruments, razor blades, machetes, metal bars, hammers, sledgehammer

2016

Boiling water, crockery, screwdrivers, meat cleavers, knives, machetes, wooden baton with metal spike, firearms, glass, bottle of alcohol, broken shards of crockery, hammers,

2017

Knives, butane gas, firearms, lighter fuel and lighter, scissors, baseball bats, door panel, metal poles, machetes, hammers, shards of glass, razor blades, axe, bottles, broken light bulb, ammonia, scissors, swords, metal poles

2018

Firearms, bladed weapons, pointed weapons, blunt weapons, missile/objects thrown

 

5. 767

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

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