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Date Responded 23 September 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:

As you will be aware, police forces are required to collect information on Use of Force, which includes tactics used and the ethnicity of the subject. Please could you provide me with:

1. The total number of times Use of Force was used for the period January to March 2020. Please break this total number down by tactic and present the information in an Excel spreadsheet. Ideally this should look like:

January to March 2020
Tasers used: 5
Batons: 10
Dogs: 2
Total Use of Force: 12

Please note, there are of course many more tactics than this. The link Police use of force statistics, England and Wales: April 2018 to March 2019 - GOV.UKI provided gives a full list, but you may have your own.

2. Please provide details of the ethnicity of the subjects that Use of Force tactics were used against. Using the preceding example table, this should look like:

January to March 2020
Tasers used: 5 Asian: 1 White: 4
Batons: 10 Black: 1 White: 9
Dogs: 2 White: 2

Please present this information in an Excel spreadsheet. Please use ethnicity codes, if you would like, but please provide me with a key for that. If you cannot, for operational or cost reasons, provide the ethnicity of subject for each tactic, please provide the ethnicity breakdown for the total number of tactics e.g.

January to March 2020
Total Use of Force: 12 Asian: 2 Black: 3 White: 7

3. Please repeat requests 1 and 2 for the time period April to June 2020. If you do not yet have data for this entire period, please provide it for the months you do have.

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.

The following should be noted when reviewing the figures.

We record all levels of taser use. The figures quoted are a sum of all instances where a taser has been either Drawn, Aimed, Red-dotted, or Fired. If two officers have both used taser at the same incident, both uses are counted in the figures. For example, if one officer has the highest use as Aimed, and the other officer has the highest use as Fired, this is counted as two uses of taser. If more than 1 cartridge has been used by the same officer at the same incident, it is counted as one use of taser.

For all other tactics, the figure shown is the count of incidents where each tactic has been used.

The subject’s perceived ethnicity is recorded by the police officer involved in the incident.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

With all the above noted I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached.

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