Archive for the 'Firearms officers (UK)' Category

UK – Tasers Should Be Properly Regulated, Not Rolled Out – Amnesty International (2013-09-09)

Posted on September 11 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The director of Amnesty International comments on today’s release of Home Office data on taser use: the taser is not a modern-day truncheon; in the United States more than 500 people have died after being shocked by a taser, in many instances the coroner has declared the taser a contributory factor; Here […]

UK – Scotland: Tasers fired by trained policemen may breach suspects’ human rights (2012-04-17)

Posted on April 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: a preliminary report into a Scottish police pilot using tasers warns their use by non-firearms officers may be in breach of article two of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to life. Christopher Mason, of the Strathclyde Police Authority, said “It’s for the government to decide what weapons should […]

UK – More Tasers for frontline police, vows head of the London Met despite concerns about device’s effectiveness (2012-04-03)

Posted on April 3 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT : Britain’s largest police force – the London Metropolitan Police – will dramatically increase its use of Taser stun guns despite increasing concerns about their effectiveness: dozens more frontline Metropolitan Police officers will carry the weapons around the clock to protect themselves and others. Currently in London, only firearms officers and the […]

UK – Cambridgeshire Police Propose More TASER Trained Officer (2011-11-16)

Posted on November 16 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Richard Taylor is monotoring closely policing and the used of tasers in Enbgland, and particularly Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire police are currently restricted to their Tactical Firearms Unit (“firearms officers”). But the ^police are asking for general issue of tasers, and officers routinely armed with TASER will damage the relationship between the police and […]

UK – Prodding the Home Office to Resume Publishing Statistics on TASER use by the Police (2011-01-31)

Posted on January 31 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Richard Taylor is a persistent critic of official taser disinformation in the UK, particularly the faiulure of MPs to demand that data be publicly available on taser use. “Since the change in Government, the frequency and type of reporting of taser use has still to be decided by the Ministers” – the […]

UK – Yorkshire – Big increase in use of stun gun as more police carry weapons (2011-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Used 23 times in South Yorkshire in 2010, this represents “a significant increase on previous years, with the stun guns only used on 13 occasions between 2004 and 2009. During that five-year period there were just 24 occasions where the weapon was aimed at potential targets… Initially the weapon was only available […]

UK – Northern Ireland – Legal bid to stop PSNI using tasers fails (2011-01-17)

Posted on January 17 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Lawyers representing an 8 year-old child (who has not been tasered) appealed to Northern Ireland top judicial body to ban tasers because here mother had been killed by a rubber bullet in 1980 and tasers infringed in children’s rights under European legiuslation. Case rejected.]] BBC … Northern Ireland’s most senior judge has […]

AUSTRALIA – Taser trap: Is Victoria falling for it? (2010-10-31)

Posted on October 31 2010 by admin

A pdf text by the Federation of Community Legal Centres, Victoria… The full report can be accessed at Executive Summary The Federation of Community Legal Centres has long argued that Tasers are not a panacea for police use of lethal or near lethal force. Death or serious injury in Victoria in connection with Taser […]

BERMUDA – Police Headquarters : Introduction of Taser (2010-04-21)

Posted on April 21 2010 by admin

Press Release … Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva – The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is announcing the introduction of TASER as a less-lethal use of force option in the list of approved defensive weapons being carried by police officers. “TASER” is the manufacturer’s name for an Electronic Control Device (ECD) that is widely used by […]

UK – Scotland– Taser guns for police debated at Holyrood (2010-02-25)

Posted on February 25 2010 by admin

[[GlobalShock: The Scottish police operate independently of English policing policy. The supply of taser to police-officers is widely debated (as in Northern Ireland). Liberal-Democrat leaders – before joining the Conservative-led coalition government – clearly “taser-friendly” – adopt a strong liberal-tradition: not arming the police with guns or quasi-guns]] Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman, Robert Brown […]

UK – Authorised Firearms Officer (wikipedia download: 2010-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2010 by admin

Extract from wikipedia – British police officers who volunteer to carry firearms, receiving 4-7 weeks training …

IRELAND – Irish police press for Taser guns (2008-01-06)

Posted on January 6 2010 by admin

The Observer, Henry McDonald … Taser guns, whose use has been opposed by a number of human rights organisations including Amnesty International, are to be given to a limited number of officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) this week. The deployment of the weapons, which can deliver a 50,000-volt shock, coincides with […]

UK – London Metropolitan Police Authority puts Taser expansion pilot on hold (2007-09-27)

Posted on September 27 2009 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The “Met”, London Metropolitan Police, Britain’s most well-known regional police force, was still hesitatingly considering the use of tasers in September 2007, delaying a pilot rollout on a trial basis: “senior officers today raised questions about operational need and public perception” after having “agreed to the deployment of Tasers in London as […]

UK – One Third of UK TASER Usage is by Non-Firearms Officers (2009-09-18)

Posted on September 18 2009 by admin

From the site : The Home Office publishes quarterly TASER usage statistics for the UK police. Every quarter they publish the cumulative total usage figures so to obtain the statistics for the last quarter you have to subtract the last set of figures from the current ones. My subtraction revealed the following figures for […]

UK – Police Reject Plans To Extend Taser Use (2009-06-23)

Posted on June 23 2009 by admin

London Metropolitan Police and Sussex Police decide to limit tasers to fire-arms officers. This follows recent statistics showing a number of errors by officers who have turned their guns on stray dogs, runaway sheep and even accidentally on themselves.

UK – Tasers are an outrage we must resist (2008-12-17)

Posted on December 22 2008 by admin

Johann Hari, The Independent We are moving to a culture of widespread assault by electricity Monday, 22 December 2008 Daniel Sylvester can’t forget the night the police fired 50,000 volts of electricity into his skull. The 46-year-old grandfather owns his own security business, and he was recently walking down the street when a police van […]

UK – Watchdog blocks Government’s plans to issue 10,000 Taser stun guns to police – London Metroplitan Police say No (2008-11-25)

Posted on November 25 2008 by admin

By Daily Mail Reporter … Jacqui Smith’s plans to issue police with 10,000 new Taser stun guns backfired last night as it emerged that Scotland Yard will not be rolling them out because they could cause ‘fear’ and ‘damage public confidence’. The Metropolitan Police Authority, which oversees the Met Police, said it has ‘no intention […]

UK – Tasers should be a weapon of last resort only, says Amnesty (2008-11-25)

Posted on November 25 2008 by admin

Amnesty International Press release … Posted: 25 November 2008 Amnesty International today called for guarantees that the Taser electro-shock weapon would not be deployed any wider than specialist firearms officers in Northern Ireland. The organisation called for this assurance after the government announced that police forces in England and Wales could arm frontline officers with […]

UK – Wales – Police Taser trial figures released (2008-08-06)

Posted on August 8 2008 by admin

TASER guns were used by non-firearms officers in two Welsh police forces 21 times during the first nine months of a controversial trial system, new figures show. All police firearms units have been allowed to use Tasers since April 2004, but Gwent and North Wales Police are part of a trial system that allows non-specialist officers to use them too. The rate at which non-specialist officers are deploying the weapons is increasing as more police are trained to use them.

UK – Tasers used 300 times last year (2008-06-08)

Posted on August 6 2008 by admin

Police officers also drew or aimed the weapons 850 times between July 2007 and the end of May 2008. An article with many statistics on UK.