Stun Guns: Children

Home Department written question – answered on 23rd February 2009.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Home Secretary

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.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

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.

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