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Tasers Fired Since 2012 Broken Down by Ethnicity

Question

1.    Taser Use Can you please publish the number of taser deployments for each of the last five years?

2.    Can you offer a breakdown of the ethnic background/heritage of the people who were shot in the last year for which the figures are available?

3.      Can you offer a breakdown of the ethnic background/heritage of the people shot in the previous four years?

Clarification received:

May you replace my rather clunky term 'shot' with 'fired' please?

Answer

With reference to Taser uses in 2013, 2015, 2016 and from January to March in 2017, I am not obliged to provide this information. The exemption applicable to this information is Section 21 – Information reasonably accessible by other means. This is an absolute and class based exemption and as such does not require a harm and public interest test. Taser uses are published on the gov.uk website and also on our website. Please see the table below for where the relevant information can be found. In accordance with the Act, this represents a refusal for these parts of your request. 

The ethnicities of the subjects are not included in these publications for 2013 and 2015. This information has been provided below.

Year

Uses

Subject   Ethnicity

2013

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-use-of-taser-statistics-england-and-wales-2012-to-2013-data-tables

Provided    in table below

2014

Provided in table below

Provided    in table below

2015

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/media/27312288/police-use-of-taser-2015.pdf

 

Provided    in table below

2016

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/about-us/publication-scheme/what-our-priorities-are-and-how-we-are-doing/taser-statistics/

 

Included in   link

 

2017 Jan -   Mar

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/media/29443831/taser-data-jan-mar-2017.pdf

 

Included in   link


With reference to data from April to December 2017, this information is due to be published on our website in due course.

Fired

Subject Ethnicity

2013

2014

2015

A1   – Asian Indian

 

 

1

B1   –  Caribbean

 

2

2

B2   – African

1

 

5

B9   – Any other Black Background

 

3

3

M1   – White and black Caribbean

 

 

2

M9   – Other Mixed Background

 

 

1

W1   – White British

47

61

81

W2   – White Irish

 

2

 

W9   – White other

 

2

2

N/K   – not known

3

2

2

09

2

 

 

Total

53

72

99

FOI reference: 005/18.

Date of request: 02.01.18.