Archive for the 'New Zealand' Category

NEW ZEALAND – Taser victim hoping to sue police (2014-06-24)

Posted on June 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Not in in New Zealand are happy about taser use: Mark Smillie was tasered twice by police on Xmas Day 2011 after failing to stop his car. Mr Smillie said the pain he experienced from the taser was hideous, and the worst pain he had ever experienced. The Independent Police Conduct Authority […]

UK – TASER International, Inc. Lands London Police Contract (2014-04-15)

Posted on April 15 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a TASER press release, we read that the London Metropolitan is about to start trialling 500 TASER International of AXON on-body wearable video cameras. TASER CEO says: “ has been in New Zealand since 2009 and has expanded its data-center deployments on Amazon Web Services to Dublin, Ireland; São Paulo, Brazil; […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police use of Tasers in mental health emergencies: A review (2014-03-20)

Posted on March 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A review article – global – of the use of tasers on people presenting mental health emergencies, who appear specially vulnerable. Also discusses problems of conflict of interests in much of the research.]] International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, by Anthony J. O’Brien and Katey Thom Abstract: The proliferation of Tasers among […]

NEW ZEALAND – More police get Taser, gun training (2014-02-17)

Posted on February 17 2014 by admin

Dominion Post News [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: 700 more New Zealand police will be trained to use firearms and Tasers from July this year, meaning they will attend “high risk” situations armed with Tasers or firearms, About 5700 of police’s 8,100 district staff will receive training in the M4 rifle, Glock pistol and Taser as Level […]

NEW ZEALAND – ‘Tasers safe’, police say (2013-12-18)

Posted on December 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police claim that Tasers are turning out to be one of the safest options for police needing to use force. 255 situations in the Auckland City District and discharged against 40 people since they were rolled out in 2010 until June 30 this year. “Police staff are however trained to provide the […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police Taser Report available on line (2013-12-10)

Posted on December 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The New Zealand Police (better than the UK) provides detailed analysis of taser use by its police. This brief post provides links to 8 reports New Zealand Police Tactical Options Research Team undertake research, analysis, monitoring and evaluation of Police use of force, to provide accountability and assist evidence-based decision making, to […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police TASER Reports: Key Findings: 22 March 2010 to 30 June 2013 (2012-12-10)

Posted on December 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The New Zealand Police (better than the UK) provides detailed analysis of taser use by its police. This is the latest synopsis from a Police press release. Some of the key findings: 35 TASER show events per 10,000 Police apprehensions, and 5 TASER discharge events per 10,000 Police apprehensions; There were 2,646 TASER […]

NEW ZEALAND – Taser use, and injuries, on the rise (2013-12-10)

Posted on December 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use up – but only actually fired on 72/552 times it was drawn from January to June 2013, with injuries increasing – 10 people moderately or seriously injured as a result of a shot in the six months to June 30. The number was the highest six-month figure since the weapons […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police feel sting of Taser trend (2013-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Twenty-eight Taser injuries have been recorded in New Zealand in the three years since the devices were introduced. In that same period, 158 police injuries were recorded in incidents in which a Taser was presented – with five cases being bad enough to require hospital treatment. In the 39 months from the […]

NEW ZEALAND – Taser use, and injuries, on the rise (2013-10-12)

Posted on October 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: New Zealand police statistics reveal that the Police are discharging Tasers more often and the number of people injured by it is increasing. From January 1 to June 30 2013 police showed on 552 occasions and discharged them 72 times – still a low proportion (a ratio of one firing to c.7 […]

NEW ZEALAND – Commander upholds police complaints (2013-09-05)

Posted on September 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Marlborough area police commander has upheld veteran protester complaints against police over their actions at the Waihopai spy base protest in January, recognising that police had breached policy by wearing Tasers at a protest and that they had not acted to the standard police should.]] Marlborough Express, by Cathie Belll Marlborough area […]

NEW ZEALAND – Mental health Taser shock (2013-06-01)

Posted on June 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The psychiatric population is being targeted increasingly by tasers: nearly a third of those hit were considered by police to have mental health issues. The New ZealkandMental Health Foundation had always feared those with mental health problems would be a target for officers using Tasers and the figures confirmed this. There is […]

NEW ZEALAND – Taser used before police shooting (2013-06-10)

Posted on June 10 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Another case of the taser proving ineffective: the suspect was tasered then shot… An autopsy has revealed police used a Taser before shooting a man twice during a botched burglary last weekend. Adam Te Rata Morehu, 33, was killed by two fatal gunshot wounds, after he had been tasered.]], by […]

NEW ZEALAND – Press Release: “Police already in breach of taser guidelines” (2013-02-20)

Posted on February 20 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Two New Zealand social justice groups argue that the Police should not be routinely armed with tasers. A police line-up attending a protest at the Waihopai spybase near Blenheim on Saturday 19th January 2013 shows at least two of the four police carrying tasers at their hips (see photo here), despite a […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police requesting to be armed with Tasers (2013-02-19)

Posted on February 19 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: Frontline police officers are calling for senior staff to let them to wear Tasers on their belts while they walk their beats, following a trial in Canterbury. The police union. He police union says this should be practice all the time across the country in the wake of high-profile assault on officers.]] […]

NEW ZEALAND – Mental health Taser shock [1/3 of those tasered have mental health issues] (2012-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: It was feared those with mental health problems would be a target for officers using Tasers and the figures confirmed that. Nearly a third of those tasered by the police since March 2010 were considered by police to have mental health issues. Tasers were much more likely (27 per cent) to be […]

NEW ZEALAND – Mental health Taser shock (2013-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2013 by admin

Since the nationwide rollout of Tasers in March 2010, they have been drawn by police officers 1320 times and discharged 212 times. In 2011 there were 621 Tasers used by police but that number ballooned to 908 when more were bought last year. A disproportionate number of people with mental health issues – a third […]

NEW ZEALAND – Police to continue using tasers (2102-10-30)

Posted on October 30 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : At a 4-day “Australasian Electronic Device conference” in Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand police say they will not consider stopping the use of tasers. The police say that sionce Tasers were introduced in New Zealand in March 2010 after being trialled in 2006 and 2007 they have discharged tasers 212 times, […]

NEW ZEALAND – Taser is ‘effective tool’: police (2102-10-29)

Posted on October 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : At the “annual Australasian Taser Conference” New Zealand Police say they have threatened more than 1500 people with Tasers since they were rolled out two years ago, but they’ve only pulled the trigger about 200 times a ratio of 1:7.5. In New Zealand, of 212 people Tasered in two years, 13 […]

NEW ZEALAND – Editorial: Taser use shows policy working (2012-10-24)

Posted on October 24 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Bay of Plenty – New Zealand North Island, pop. 250,000 – police are asking for a taser in every patrol car. hocks are discharged only about 7% of times it is discplayed – seemingly the opposite to North America. : last year, Bay police drew Tasers on 56 occasions and of these […]