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Stun Guns: Children

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times a Taser gun has been used (a) on a child and (b) within 10 metres of a child in each police authority area in England in each of the last two years. (256267)

The number of times a Taser has been used on a person under 18 years of age in England and Wales in 2007 and 2008 is shown in the table. Information is not collected on the number of times Taser is deployed within 10 metres of a child.

The total number of subjects exposed to the use of Taser over both these periods totals 2,222 individuals. However only for 2,174 of these were ages reported, the remaining 48 had no reported age for the subjects.

Totals

2007

2008 (January to August)

Force

<18 years

18+ years

<18 years

18+ years

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

3

26

1

62

Bedfordshire Police

14

20

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

15

2

54

Cheshire Constabulary

10

13

City of London Police

3

Cleveland Police

4

35

4

23

Cumbria Constabulary

14

2

23

Derbyshire Constabulary

1

11

1

18

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

1

15

54

Dorset Police

1

16

11

Durham Constabulary

1

12

17

Dyfed Powys Police

4

1

3

Essex Police

7

1

23

Gloucestershire Constabulary

1

13

21

Greater Manchester Police

1

11

10

Gwent Police

1

9

22

Hampshire Constabulary

2

3

Hertfordshire Constabulary

21

1

34

Humberside Police

1

27

1

45

Kent Police

7

14

Lancashire Constabulary

1

40

1

29

Leicestershire Constabulary

6

1

51

Lincolnshire Police

8

1

4

Merseyside Police

1

16

16

Metropolitan Police Service

3

83

26

186

Norfolk Constabulary

7

25

North Wales Police

4

27

3

41

North Yorkshire Police

15

2

39

Northamptonshire Police

1

5

5

Northumbria Police

3

69

17

215

Nottinghamshire Police

2

7

South Wales Police

2

5

24

South Yorkshire Police

2

1

6

Staffordshire Police

1

41

1

29

Suffolk Constabulary

1

7

12

Surrey Police

3

1

13

Sussex Police

1

l4

18

Thames Valley Police

1

5

1

5

Warwickshire Police

2

West Mercia Constabulary

1

24

4

29

West Midlands Police

1

20

10

West Yorkshire Police

40

1

85

Wiltshire Constabulary

2

1

28

X not stated

1

Total

36

714

75

1,349

Subject <18 years

Usage

2007

2008 (January to August)

Force

Drawn

Aimed

Red dot

Arced

Drive stun

Fired

Drawn

Aimed

Red dot

Arced

Drive stun

Fired

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

1

2

1

Bedfordshire Police

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

2

Cheshire Constabulary

City of London Police

Cleveland Police

3

1

3

1

Cumbria Constabulary

2

Derbyshire Constabulary

1

1

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

1

Dorset Police

1

Durham Constabulary

1

Dyfed Powys Police

1

Essex Police

1

Gloucestershire Constabulary

1

Greater Manchester Police

1

Gwent Police

1

Hampshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary

1

Humberside Police

1

1

Kent Police

Lancashire Constabulary

1

1

Leicestershire Constabulary

1

Lincolnshire Police

1

Merseyside Police

1

Metropolitan Police Service

3

4

1

10

1

2

8

Norfolk Constabulary

North Wales Police

1

3

1

1

1

North Yorkshire Police

1

1

Northamptonshire Police

1

Northumbria Police

3

3

1

9

1

3

Nottinghamshire Police

South Wales Police

2

South Yorkshire Police

1

Staffordshire Police

1

1

Suffolk Constabulary

1

Surrey Police

1

Sussex Police

1

Thames Valley Police

1

1

Warwickshire Police

West Mercia Constabulary

1

1

3

West Midlands Police

1

West Yorkshire Police

1

Wiltshire Constabulary

1

X not stated

Total

3

1

18

2

1

11

10

2

37

3

6

17

Notes:

1. All figures are based on police force returns detailing Taser deployments up to and including 31 August 2008.

2. ‘Use’ as defined by ACPO: TASER Operational Guidance December 2008 policy section 5.2.

3. The term ‘use of the Taser’ will include any of the following actions carried out in an operational setting:

Drawing of a Taser in circumstances where any person perceives the action as a use of force.

Sparking of the Taser commonly known as “arcing”.

Aiming of the Taser or placing the laser sight red dot onto a subject.

Firing of a Taser so that the barbs are discharged at a subject.

Application and Discharge of a Taser in “drive stun mode” to a subject.