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Date Responded 29 August 2018

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 times have police used tasers in mental health hospitals, wards, and clinics (both private and NHS run) since April 2017 to the most recent date you have for recording this (please specify what month and year this is). Please break this information down by month and provide information on the age of the person who had the taser used on them and the context for why the taser was drawn (eg concern about violence / patient trying to abscond etc)

2. Please say whether the taser was discharged and whether it was "Drive stun", "Angled drive stun" or "Fired". Or in instances of non-discharges whether it was "Drawn", "Aimed", "Arced" and "Red-dot".

3. When a taser was fired please can you also say whether an injury was obtained by the person who was tasered and, if so, what it was and what treatment was offered.

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 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. This has been provided in such a way in order to avoid the exemption as outlined in Section 40 of the Act (personal data). 

1, 2 and 3.  

One male aged 30-35 was red-dotted by one officer and taser drawn by 2nd Officer within the garden area of a Mental health hospital within the month of May 2017. 

Reason - The individual was violent towards staff and causing criminal damage which led to self-harm.

No injury was caused by the use of the Taser.

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