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Taser Deployment in a Mental Health Setting Since April 2017

Question

1. How many times have police used tasers in mental health hospitals, wards, and clinics (both private and NHS run) since April 2017 to the most recent date you have for recording this (please specify what month and year this is).

2. Please break this information down by month and provide information on the age of the person who had the taser used on them and the context for why the taser was drawn (eg concern about violence / patient trying to abscond etc)

3. Please say whether the taser was discharged and whether it was “Drive stun”, “Angled drive stun” or “Fired”. Or in instances of non-discharges whether it was “Drawn”, “Aimed”, “Arced” and “Red-dot”.

4. When a taser was fired please can you also say whether an injury was obtained by the person who was tasered and, if so, what it was and what treatment was offered.

Answer

Since April 2017 to June 2018 there have been 18 recorded uses of Taser deployments where the location was recorded as a mental health setting. Please see the monthly breakdown below:

Month/Year

 Taser deployments

Apr-17

 

May-17

 

Jun-17

2

Jul-17

 

Aug-17

1

Sep-17

 

Oct-17

2

Nov-17

1

Dec-17

 

Jan-18

1

Feb-18

4

Mar-18

1

Apr-18

1

May-18

1

Jun-18

4

Total

18

Please see the breakdown of the subject ages in the table below:

Subject Age

Count

0-10 years

 

11-17 years

 

18-34 years

10

35-49 years

5

50-64 years

3

65 years and over

 

Not Recorded

 

Total  

18

A Taser may be drawn for a variety of reasons and for this reason we do not record one specific answer. However further information regarding Taser use is available on our website, a link has been provided below:

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

Please see a breakdown of Taser use in the table below. Please note that multiple uses can apply to one incident.

TASER Use

Total

Drawn

18

Arced

 

Aimed

13

Red Dotted

15

Fired

3

Drive-Stun

 

Angled Drive-Stun

1

Not Stated

 

Total  

50

There were no injuries recorded against the three Taser uses where the Taser was fired.

FOI request: 1011/18.
Date of request: 01.08.18.