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Taser Deployment in a Mental Health Setting in 2017

Question

1. Between April 1st 2017 and June 30th 2017, how many times was a taser / CED used by a member of your police force in a mental health setting?

a. For each use could you please specify how the taser was used eg: Fired Angled Drive Stun Drive Stun Red dotted Arcing Aimed Drawn

b. For each use, could you please specify the outcome for the subject of the use of taser eg: Escaped Arrested Hospitalised Detained under the mental health act Fatality Other

c. Was there an injury to the subject as a direct result of the taser use?

d. What was the subject’s perceived age?

e. What was the subject’s gender?

f. What was the subject’s ethnicity

2. Between July 1st 2017 and September 30th 2017, how many times was a taser /CED used by a member of your police force in a mental health setting?

a. For each use could you please specify how the taser was used eg: Fired Angled Drive Stun Drive Stun Red dotted Arcing Aimed Drawn

b. For each use, could you please specify the outcome for the subject of the use of taser eg: Escaped Arrested Hospitalised Detained under the mental health act Fatality Other

c. Was there an injury to the subject as a direct result of the taser use?

d. What was the subject’s perceived age?

e. What was the subject’s gender?

f. What was the subject’s ethnicity?

Answer

A Taser is a less-lethal, single shot self-defence weapon used by trained police officers to temporarily incapacitate a violent or potentially violent person, who poses a danger to themselves or other people nearby. Information about Taser usage can be found here on our website.

We have identified one incident during the period where the individual was detained in a mental health setting where a Taser was used. Please find the requested details below. There may be other incidents when a Taser was used where mental health was recorded an aggravating factor.

1st April – 30th June 2017

White female aged 18-34 years. The Taser was fired and the individual was detained. There was no injury.

FOI reference: 1367/17.

Date of request: 07.11.17.