Freedom of Information Manager
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Our Ref: eCase: FOI 2020/01122
Date: 24 February 2020
Dear Mr MacFarlane,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE POLICE: TASER.
We refer to your email dated 27 January 2020 to the Ministry of Defence Police which was
acknowledged on the same date.
We are treating your email as a request for information in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA 2000).
In your email you requested the following information: “A: Are all Ministry of Defence Police Officers when deployed with a lethal firearm
regardless of location also deployed with a less lethal Taser as per ECHR / UN
Guidelines / COP Role Profile?
B: If not why and which locations are officers deployed with only firearms?
C: Please provide a breakdown of all crimes recorded by yourselves in 2018/19
including offensive weapons.”
A search for information has now been completed by the Ministry of Defence Police and I
can confirm that we do hold information in scope of your request.
A: All Ministry of Defence Police officers are deployed in accordance with the College of
Policing and National Police Chief Council agreed National Resource Standards. This
mandates Authorised Firearms Officers are trained in TASER and deployed with a TASER
CED ‘readily available’. Readily available means the TASER ‘is able to be used or obtained
without delay or difficulty’.
B: Not Applicable see above.
Threats to Life
Assaults on Police Officers 4
Child Sex Offences
Common Law Offences
Public Order Offences
Traffic Offences (Scotland
Other Offences (Drones,
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Yours sincerely MDP Secretariat and Freedom of Information Office