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Date Responded 12 November 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 frontline police officers are trained to use a taser? Please provide a total figures and percentage of total frontline workforce.
  2. Does the force have plans to equip more officers with tasers? If so, how many more?
  3. In the last two years, how many times have police officers been physically assaulted while on duty? Please provide a yearly breakdown, including examples of the most serious cases.

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 within 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. Taser trained officers – 742.  We do not hold this information as a percentage of the frontline workforce.
  2. Not at this time
  3. This information is not held by ‘most serious cases’, and this decision would be subjective.  We have therefore provided the below which is how such information is recorded.

Injury Type

2016

2017

Abrasion

28

24

Bite

18

11

Broken bone

7

7

Broken tooth

3

 

Bruising

41

47

Burn/scald

   

Discomfort

58

43

Eye irritation

1

 

Laceration

10

12

Puncture

3

1

Respiratory irritation

2

 

Scratch

14

15

Skin irritation

   

Sprain

19

16

Strain

37

16

Swelling

36

23

Whiplash

2

1

Type not recorded

21

27

Grand Total

300

243

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