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Date Received: 02/11/2016
Dear Mr Haylock FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NUMBER: 000269/16
The following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act was received by NPCC on the date
listed above. Applicant Question:
A recent high profile case featured police in West Midlands deploying a stinger device to disable a motorcycle
or motorcycles and arrest the riders.
Can the NPCC please provide the content of any policy guidance they offer police forces around use of stinger
against motorcycles, and also details of any safety testing or research that they are aware of that informed that
guidance and that has been carried out on use of stinger and similar devices against motorcycles?
In particular, has any research been carried out concerning the effect on a motorcycle with tubed tyres of an
encounter with stinger or similar devices used by UK police, and has any research been carried out to
determine whether a person falling on a stinger in the way that a person might fall from a motorcycle would be
at any risk of injury from the payload of a stinger, and what the nature of that injury might be?
If NPCC has offered no policy guidance, and/or is aware of no safety testing of stinger deployed against
motorcycles, please state for the record.
Your request will be considered in accordance with the legislation and you will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days, subject to the provisions of the Act. In the unlikely event that NPCC is
unable to meet the 20 working day deadline, you will be informed as soon as possible and given a revised time-
scale for response.
If your request requires full or partial transference to another public authority, you will be informed. Should you
have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write or contact Sherry Traquair on telephone number
02380 478922 quoting the reference number above.
1st Floor, 10 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0NN T 020 7084 8950 F 020 7084 8951
Sherry Traquair Freedom of Information Officer & Decision Maker
Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland