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.
1. Does your force record which part(s) of the body a conducted energy device (CED, e.g. TASER) makes contact with when discharged?
2. If so, I would like the number of instances where one of your officers has hit or made contact with an individual’s chest area with a CED/TASER from 1 January 2019 until the 1st January 2022. If this requires effort to separate the results or you do not have data for that exact date range, please send the raw data.
3. Can I also have total number of times that a CED/TASER has been discharged by your officers from 1 January 2019 until the 1st January 2022? NB: ‘Discharge’ should include all instances of firing, as well as the use of drive-stun and angle drive-stun functions. As before, if this requires effort to separate the results or you do not have data for that exact date range, please send the raw data.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Force Coordination and Operations Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
3. Discharged – 274.
Drive Stun – 0.
Angle Mode – 1.