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Taser deployment on children in 2015 and 2016

Question

Please provide data on the number of times officers in your force have used Tasers on people aged 17 years old and younger in (i) 2015 and (ii) from 1st January 2016 to 1st October 2016.

For each period, please provide the data broken down by age, ethnicity and category of highest use (ie Drawn, Aimed, Arched, Red Dotted, Drive Stun, Angled Drive Stun and Fired).

Answer

Your request has been considered and I am not obliged to provide the information on table for each Taser use as to provide all the information together as you have asked could identify personal information.

The exemption applicable is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

Instead, I have provided breakdowns per year for each category of information you require in the tables below. I trust this is of use to you.

Information about Tasers, how they work and how they are used can be found on our website. I have provided a link for reference.

1ST JAN - 31ST DEC 2015

1ST JAN - 31ST DEC 2015

1ST JAN   - 31ST DEC 2015

Subject Age

Count

Subject Ethnicity

Count

Type of Taser Use

Count

14

3

B9 Any other Black Background

1

Aimed

1

15

7

B9 Black Other

2

Arced

1

16

11

M1 White & Black Caribbean

2

Drawn

6

17

10

W1 White British

25

Drive-Stun

1

Total

31

W9 White Other

1

Fired

3

Total

31

Red Dot

19

Total

31

1ST APR - 13TH OCT 2016

1ST APR - 13TH OCT 2016

1ST APR   - 13TH OCT 2016

Subject Age

Count

Subject Ethnicity

Count

Type of Taser Use

Count

14

1

B1 Caribbean

1

Aimed

4

15

2

B2 African

1

Drawn

7

16

4

M1 White & Black Caribbean

3

Fired

1

17

13

W1 White British

15

Red dot

8

Total

20

Total

20

Total

20

FOI reference: 1252/16.

Date of request: 11.10.16.