Police: Stun Guns

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Labour, Tooting

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of people on whom the police used tasers were (a) BAME, (b) women and (c) under the age of 18 in each London borough in each of the last five years.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Labour, Tooting

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of incidents in which tasers were used by the police in London in each of the last five years resulted in (a) an arrest, (b) a charge and (c) a conviction.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Holding answer received on 29 October 2015

Accurate, consistent data on police use of force is essential to improve transparency around how the police are using their sensitive powers. That is why the Home Secretary asked Chief Constable David Shaw to carry out an in depth review of Taser data and other use of force, and present options for collecting, collating and publishing data on how force including Taser is being used, who it is being used on and what the outcomes are.

Data is not recorded centrally on how many and what proportion of incidents in which Tasers were used by the police in London in each of the last five years resulted in an arrest, a charge and a conviction.

Existing data on the police use of Taser by sex, age and ethnicity from 2010 to 2014, including that released under Freedom of Information, is not of a quality standard suitable for publication as Official or National statistics, and this data is not broken down by London borough.

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