Disclosure Details

Taser use - 296/16

Dated: 22 Mar 2016

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your e mail dated 2 March 2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Under  the  Freedom  of Information Act, please can you provide data on the number  of  times  tasers  have been used against children aged under 18 in each  of  the  local authorities covered by the police force in the most recent calendar year (2015).

Please  provide  the  data  broken down by categories of use: Drawn, Aimed, Arced, Red Dotted, Drive Stun, Angled Drive Stun and Fired.

Please  could  you  also provide information on the youngest person a taser was used against in 2015  (age, category of use).


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Firearms Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Age 17 - Taser was aimed in Newcastle Local Authority

Age 17 - Taser was drawn and red dotted in North Tyneside Local Authority

Age 17 - Taser was drawn and red dotted in Newcastle Local Authority

Therefore in the calendar year 2015 the youngest person for whom a taser was deployed is 17 years.

All of the individuals above were in possession of a knife.


Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

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