TASER Trial Evaluation Report

Richard Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

On Monday the 24th of November 2008 a Home Office press release accompanying the announcement to issue all front line response police in the UK with TASER weapons stated: "The ACPO trial evaluation report can be found on the ACPO website" (http://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/press-rel...).

As this report does not appear to be available on the ACPO website, could you please send me a copy of the TASER trial evaluation report in line with the commitment on the ACPO website to respond to: "requests by e-mail ... for single, clearly identified documents which do not contain sensitive material" (http://www.acpo.police.uk/about_pages/fr...).

I would like to suggest this document be made available on the ACPO website and linked to prominently.

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

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More information related to this request is available on my website: http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/all-uk-front-li...

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Sharon Pring, of the ACPO Firearms Secretariat writing in response to another request on Whatdotheyknow.com has stated:

"The ACPO Evaluation is available via Commander Robert Broadhurst, ACPO Lead Self Defence and Restraint, Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard, Broadway, London SW1."
(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ac...)

I have written to Mr Broadhurst requesting a copy of, or a link to, the document and suggesting it be made available online.

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Inspector Blackburn has told me the document I am seeking: "is not being released to the public at this time". His full email response is below:

FAO: Richard Taylor

The ACPO Taser Trial is not being released to the public at this time (I have no indication as to when or if it will).

The only information relaesed is that published by the Home Office.

I hope this helps.

Robert Blackburn
Inspector - Metropolitan Police
CO11 Public Order
New Scotland Yard
Tel: 020 7230 4203
Metphone: 64203
e-mail: [removed]@met.police.uk

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As following my request to ACPO I received a rejection apparantly from the Metropolitan Police I decided to ask the Metropolitan Police to review their decision not to release the ACPO TASER Trial Evaluation Report.

I have today been sent the following:

"I write in connection with your email dated 12 December 2008 requesting that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review its response dated 4 December 2008 to your request for information relating to:

Request ACPO trial evaluation report regarding use of TASERS.

The review will be conducted in accordance to the MPS's complaints procedure. The MPS endeavour to respond to your complaint by 12 February 2009. "

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Having not had a reply by the 12th of February, the date Metropolitan Police said they would endeavour to reply to me by, I have written them to note that they have not yet responded.

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I have been told that the internal review is not yet complete, but have been given an assurance it is in progress and the Met Police are liaising with ACPO about it :

"Further to your letter of 16 February 2009, I wish to apologise for the delay in responding to your complaint.

I have unfortunately been unable to meet the response time originally provided to you as I have been off work for the last week due to unforeseen illness. I can confirm I am currently liasing with ACPO in relation to your request and I hope to be able to provide you with a response very soon.

I hope to complete your review no later than 27 February 2009. Should there be any unexpected further delay, I will contact you and update you as soon as possible."

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I have received a further reply:

"Further to our letter of 19 February 2009, I have unfortunately been unable to meet the response time provided to you.

I continue to liaise with ACPO in regards to your request and I hope to complete your review no later than 13 March 2009. Should there be any further unforeseen delay, I will contact you and update you as soon as possible.

I do apologise for the delay, and thank you for your patience."

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The Metropolitan Police have rejected my request:

Dear Mr Taylor

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2008120004357

Further to our letter of 27 February 2009, I am now able to provide a response to your complaint dated 12 December 2008 concerning:

Original FOI case number 2008120004357

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed its review and has decided to:

Set aside the original decision

REASON FOR DECISION

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise for the delay in responding to you, and thank you for your patience.

To complete this review, searches were conducted within the CO11 Public Order and Operational Support Unit.

On the 4th of December 2008, Inspector Robert Blackburn stated that the ACPO Taser Trial is not being released to the public at this time and that the only information available for disclosure is that published by the Home Office.

I apologise that this response did not comply with FOI legislation in terms of our duties under Section 1(1)(a)&(b).

I can confirm that the ACPO report you have requested is not held by the MPS. The document, created and held by ACPO, has only ever been in the possession of Commander Broadhurst purely in his capacity as the ACPO lead for Self Defence and Restraint. As such, the document in question has not been used for Metropolitan Police business.

In terms of the Act, the requested information is not held by the MPS.

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Yours sincerely

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I believe this request was cited in the House of Lords on the 22nd of June 2009 during the committee stage of the Policing and Crime Bill:

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?gid...

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer (Liberal Democrat) attempted to amend the act so that it would bring the Association of Chief Police Officers within the provision of the Freedom of Information Act. Lord West, the Labour Security and Counter-terrorism Minister argued against this saying:

"ACPO is an independent voluntary organisation. As the noble Baroness, Lady Hanham, mentioned, it is not a public authority. It is a registered private company limited by guarantee and it is directly accountable to its members, not to the public. It is therefore not open to FOI requests."

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Sent request to The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland again, using a new contact address.

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At the Home Affairs Select Committee on the 7th of December 2010. Assistant Chief Constable Simon Chesterman who was present in his capacity as Association of Chief Police Officers’ “lead” on police use of firearms, promised to consider the release of the document requested in this thread.

The relevant exchange is at 12:28 in the video of proceedings:

http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player...

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk
http://www.taser.org.uk

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Following up the mention at the Home Affairs Select Committee ACPO wrote to me sending me a copy of the report.

They noted it has been published online, as an appendix to a report to a Leicestershire Police Authority meeting:

http://www.leics-pa.police.uk/files/libr...

The report to which it was appended is at:
http://www.leics-pa.police.uk/files/libr...