Stun Guns

Home Department written question – answered on 20th June 2013.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 29 October 2012, Official Report, column 73W, on Freedom of Information, for what reason Taser statistics since March 2010 have not yet been published; and when she plans to publish such statistics.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

The original database used to store the Police Use of Taser statistics was created in 2003 to cater for the operational trial. This version of the database became increasingly outdated and was operating outside of its original design specification. A decision was taken to develop a new database in 2011 which would automatically enter the data from the Taser data forms. We have experienced significant issues with the migration to this new version of the database.

We have resolved these problems and are in the final stages of a thorough data validation exercise. We will publish this information when we have finished this exercise.

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