Date Responded 28 August 2020

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:

Please provide data on the number of times officers in your force have used Tasers on children aged 17 years old and younger.

Please can this be broken down by year (i) 2017, (ii) 2018, (iii) 2019, and (iv) 2020, to date

Please can this data be further broken down by:

(a) age; (b) ethnicity; (c) category of highest use (i.e. Drawn, Aimed, Arched, Red Dotted, Drive Stun, Angled Drive Stun and Fired); (d) reason for use; and (e) location of use (i.e. in police custody, in public, etc)

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the 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 attached.

The data was collated from January to December for each year, 2020 was collated up to 11/08/2020 the gender, ethnicity and locations will not match because some subjects had more than one officer at the incident, utilising tasers in various ways.

The data has been presented in a way to avoid the use of exemptions to withhold.

Taser Use - 1220/20

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