The Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice (Damian Green):
I am today publishing the statistics on police use of taser in England and Wales for 6 monthly periods between January 2012 and December 2013.
These show that:
- total police use of taser has increased from 2012 to 2013, continuing the trend seen since 2009
- the proportion of taser where the ‘highest use’ was ‘fired’ decreased between 2012 and 2013 – accounting for 17% of uses in 2013
- the most common ‘highest use’ of a taser was ‘red dot’ in each of the last 2 years, accounting for just over half of all uses
Full details are available on GOV.UK and a copy will be placed in the House Library.