Tasers - Usage & Policy

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Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

1)I understand that in 2009, the numbers of officers trained in taser usage was increased to 300. Can you please tell of any increase since then?

2)Also, the policy of taser use, and any health & safety advice you have recieved regarding its use.

3) Can you tell me the total numberof times that tasers have been used (firing) since their introduction, broken down by year, division, beat & profile of person used on (e.g. ethnicity, age, gender) if recorded?

Thanks

Yours faithfully,

chris james

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Private
Mr C James
[FOI #151032 email]

        Our Reference   171/13 
        Your reference         
        Date    
25th February 2013
       
Dear Mr James,

Thank you for your request for information dated 23rd February 2013
relating to Tasers.  This request will be dealt with under the terms of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, In some
circumstances Avon and Somerset Constabulary may be unable to achieve this
deadline if consideration needs to be given to the public interest test.
If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at
the earliest opportunity.

Yours sincerely,

J Lovell

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Department

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Chris James
[FOI #151032 email]      Our Reference   171/13 
        Your reference         
        Date    22 March 2013  

Dear Mr James

I write in connection with your request for information dated 23^rd
February concerning taser usage. You specifically asked:

Q1. “I understand that in 2009, the numbers of officers trained in taser
usage was increased to 300. Can you please tell of any increase since
then?

    
Q2.  Also, the policy of taser use, and any health & safety advice you
have received regarding its use.
    
Q3.  Can you tell me the total number of times that tasers have been
used(firing) since their introduction, broken down by year, division, beat
& profile of person used on (e.g. ethnicity, age, gender) if recorded?

I regret to advise you that although we hold the information you have
asked for, your request is refused because we estimate that the cost of
compliance would exceed the cost limits under the Act which is currently
set at £450 or 18 staff hours work.  This letter represents a Refusal
Notice under the Act.

This is because we do not have a central database which provides the
details of the person upon which the taser was used, only a database which
details the various stages of taser deployment (aimed, drawn, discharged
etc). We have looked into this to see if there is any way we could
retrieve this information for you but it has been determined that the only
way to accurately do this would be to manually review the free text filed
of every custody record from January 2010 to identify when a taser was
fired or drive-stun was used and then look at the persons details. This
would involve looking at thousands upon thousands of records and would
easily exceed the 18 hour timeframe.

You may not be aware but once one part of a request exceeds the
appropriate limit, so does the remainder of the request. However, if you
were to re-submit questions 1 and 2, as well as omitting the part of
question 3 regarding the breakdown of persons details, we should hopefully
be able to provide you with this information.

Yours sincerely,

J Lovell

Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Information Management Department

Please note;

 1. Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may
contain a link to additional information, which may provide
you with further clarification.
 2. Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order
to seek clarification, all other communication should be made
in writing.
 3. Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review
procedure (copy attached).

<<A&S Appeals Procedure.doc>>

 

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Dear #Freedom of Information Requests,

Q1. I understand that in 2009, the numbers of officers trained in taser
usage was increased to 300. Can you please tell of any increase since
then?

Q2. Also, the policy of taser use, and any health &amp; safety advice you
have received regarding its use.

Q3. Can you tell me the total number of times that tasers have been
used since their introduction? If possible, could these be broken down by year?

Yours sincerely,

chris

#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Corporate Information Management Department

Force Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road,

Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8QJ

Facsimile 01275 814667

    

 

Private Our Reference 265/13

Mr Chris James Your reference  

[FOI #151032 email] Date 26 March 2013

 

Dear Mr James

 

Thank you for your revised request for information dated 26^th March
concerning taser usage. This request will be dealt with under the terms of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, In some
circumstances Avon and Somerset Constabulary may be unable to achieve this
deadline if consideration needs to be given to the public interest test.
If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at
the earliest opportunity.

 

Thank you for your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

J Lovell

 

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Information Management Department

 

Please note;

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing.

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Private Our Reference 265/13

Chris James
Your reference  
[1][FOI #151032 email]
Date 12 April 2013
 

   

Dear Mr James

 

I write in response to your revised Freedom of Information request dated
26^th March concerning taser usage. Specifically you asked:

 

Q1. “I understand that in 2009, the numbers of officers trained in taser
usage was increased to 300. Can you please tell of any increase since
then?”

    

There are currently 111 authorised firearm officers and 245 non-firearm
officers trained in the use of Tasers.

 

Q2.  “Also, the policy of taser use, and any health & safety advice you
have received regarding its use.”

    

Please find attached the force policy relating to taser use.     

 

Q3.  “Can you tell me the total number of times that tasers have been used
since their introduction? If possible, could these be broken down by
year?”

 

Please find the breakdown of taser deployments in the table below:

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Year |Discharges|Drive |Red |Arched|Aimed|Drawn|Total |
| | |Stuns |Dotted | | | |Deployments |
|--------+----------+--------+---------+------+-----+-----+--------------|
| 2010 | 16 | 16 | 42 | 4 | 39 | 13 | 130 |
|--------+----------+--------+---------+------+-----+-----+--------------|
| 2011 | 33 | 33 | 89 | 8 | 82 | 27 | 272 |
|--------+----------+--------+---------+------+-----+-----+--------------|
| 2012 | 42 | 24 | 80 | 3 | 29 | 18 | 196 |
|--------+----------+--------+---------+------+-----+-----+--------------|
| 2013 | 12 | 13 | 22 | 1 | 3 | 5 | 56 |
| | | | | | | | |
| (to | | | | | | | |
| date) | | | | | | | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

J Lovell

 

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Information Management Department

 

 

Please note:

1.     Requests and responses may be published on Avon and Somerset
Constabulary’s website (within 24 hours), some of which may contain a link
to additional information, which may provide you with further
clarification.

2.     Whilst we may verbally discuss your request with you in order to
seek clarification, all other communication should be made in writing
(including email).

3.     Avon and Somerset Constabulary provides you with the right to
request a re-examination of your case under its review procedure (copy
attached).

 

 

 

 

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Dear J Lovell,

I thank you for the information provided. The table that you provided me in answer to Q.3 was a bit confusing, partially due to the formatting and partially due to the categories. I wonder if you could resend it perhaps as spreadsheet & tell me what each of the categories mean?

Yours sincerely,

chris

#Freedom of Information Requests, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr James,

Please find attached a PDF copy of your response, along with a glossary of terms.

Kind regards

J Lovell

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