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Crimes Involving a Stun Gun Since 2012

Question

1. How many weapons which emit high voltage charges and were described as stun guns, stun devices or tasers have been used in offences in your force area in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?

2. Please provide a breakdown of the types of crimes in which stun guns, stun devices or tasers were used in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

3. How many weapons which emit high voltage charges and were described as stun guns, stun devices or tasers were seized by your force in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

4. Please provide a break down of the types of device which were seized and entered on to the force property system during the period 2012-2016. How many stun guns, stun devices or tasers were designed to look like phones, torches and cameras, how many were not designed to look like something else?

Answer

Q1. Please see the table below for the number of crimes where a stun gun has been used to injure or to threaten, broken down by year.

Year

Crimes

2012

1

2013

0

2014

5

2015

5

2016

7

Total

18

Q2. Please see below for the offences relating to the above crimes. 

Offence

Crimes

Violence Against the Person

11

Robbery

7

Total

18

Q3. Please find the requested information in the table below. Please note that we only hold this information from 2013 onwards.

Year

Stun Gun/Tasers Seized

2012

No information available

2013

17

2014

17

2015

12

2016

3

Total

49

Q4. Two of the above seized items were disguised to look like something else.

FOI reference: 231/17.
Date of request: 17.02.17.