Information around research on, safety & use of Stinger & similar devices against motorcycles.

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Dear National Police Chiefs Council,

A recent high profile case featured police in West Midlands deploying a Stinger device to disable a motorcycle or motorcycles & 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 & 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 also state that for the record.

Thank you!

Yours faithfully,

Ken Haylock

National Police Chiefs' Council

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Dear National Police Chiefs Council,

Thank you for your very informative reply. As a follow up, could I ask for a clarification please, since you have included only the executive summary of the report you mention?

Obviously the test rider in the tests as documented was aware that he had been over a Stinger device, since that was the purpose of the exercise. Reading between the lines of the tests, it would appear that in a real world scenario a rider would not necessarily be aware at the time that they had encountered a Stinger, as opposed to for example a speed cushion or a raised manhole cover, especially if he or she did so after dark. One finding of the testing appeared to be that the fact that the tyres on a motorcycle had been deflated by a Stinger was not immediately obvious to the rider if he or she was travelling at high speed in a straight line at the time.

This raises the possibility that a motorcyclist riding at night might discover that they have been 'Stung' only when attempting a high speed manouvre on two flat tyres, or only when a tyre eventually falls apart or jumps partly off a rim and possibly jams a wheel.

Have I described a scenario here that NPCC or the report's authors have foreseen? Is there anything in the fuller report designed to highlight, mitigate, eliminate or otherwise manage the risk of motorcyclists not realising they have been stung & that their tyres are deflating and thus unknowingly exposing themselves to risk of injury or death that they wouldn't if they knew?

Can I also ask whether there is specific guidance about proportionality, and about when in particular it is NOT appropriate to use a measure like a Stinger against a motorcycle, and also whether for officers to be authorised to deploy Stinger against motorcycles you recommend that they have special training to ensure that they are fully conversant with any dos and don'ts that are specific to use against motorcycles?

Thank you again for your reply to date, I certainly found it reassuring to know that work had been done in this area and that some of the risks I was most concerned about would seem at first sight not to be as significant as I imagined they might be.

Yours faithfully,

Ken Haylock

National Police Chiefs' Council

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NUMBER: 00298/16

The following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act was received by NPCC on the date listed above.

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Thank you for your very informative reply. As a follow up, could I ask for a clarification please, since you have included only the executive summary of the report you mention?

Obviously the test rider in the tests as documented was aware that he had been over a Stinger device, since that was the purpose of the exercise. Reading between the lines of the tests, it would appear that in a real world scenario a rider would not necessarily be aware at the time that they had encountered a Stinger, as opposed to for example a speed cushion or a raised manhole cover, especially if he or she did so after dark. One finding of the testing appeared to be that the fact that the tyres on a motorcycle had been deflated by a Stinger was not immediately obvious to the rider if he or she was travelling at high speed in a straight line at the time.

This raises the possibility that a motorcyclist riding at night might discover that they have been 'Stung' only when attempting a high speed manouvre on two flat tyres, or only when a tyre eventually falls apart or jumps partly off a rim and possibly jams a wheel.

Have I described a scenario here that NPCC or the report's authors have foreseen? Is there anything in the fuller report designed to highlight, mitigate, eliminate or otherwise manage the risk of motorcyclists not realising they have been stung & that their tyres are deflating and thus unknowingly exposing themselves to risk of injury or death that they wouldn't if they knew?

Can I also ask whether there is specific guidance about proportionality, and about when in particular it is NOT appropriate to use a measure like a Stinger against a motorcycle, and also whether for officers to be authorised to deploy Stinger against motorcycles you recommend that they have special training to ensure that they are fully conversant with any dos and don'ts that are specific to use against motorcycles?

Thank you again for your reply to date, I certainly found it reassuring to know that work had been done in this area and that some of the risks I was most concerned about would seem at first sight not to be as significant as I imagined they might be.

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Ken Haylock left an annotation ()

The original reply was quite full, although because they only included the executive summary of the (presumably very long, very detailed) report on the issue, I had some follow up questions on specific detail issues that I am now awaiting a response on.

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Good afternoon

 

Please find attached NPCC response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Kindest regards.

Sherry

 

Sherry Traquair

NPCC Freedom of Information Officer & Decision Maker

 

National Police Freedom of Information & Data Protection Unit (NPFDU)

PO Box 481, Fareham, PO14 9FS

 

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