Archive for the 'Taser use up' Category

UK – Wiltshire Police defend Taser use increase (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use by Police in the South of England has more than doubled between 2012 and 2013 according to the latest figures released by the Home Office. The Wiltshire Police Chief says this is because the Taser is an effective way of controlling dangerous or threatening offenders. With more Taser trained officers […]

UK – Huge Rise In Taser Use Across Thames Valley (2014-04-09)

Posted on April 9 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Home Office statistics reveal a whopping 220 % rise in the use of Tasers last year. In 2013 Tasers were fired on 30 occasions across the Thames Valley, in 2012 that figure was 15, but police argue it is only used when it is proportionate to behaviours the police encounter. The taser […]

UK – Police Taser use doubles across southern England (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use by police forces in the south of England has more than doubled between 2012 and 2013. Officers in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire and the Thames Valley drew the devices 998 times compared with 433 in 2012 while they fired them 192 times compared with 155 times. Police said the […]

CANADA – Regina, Saskatchewan Police Service officers not “trigger happy” with Tasers, says Regina police (2014-04-04)

Posted on April 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: After a five-year moratorium on Taser use, the Regina Police Service (RPS) has deployed the device three times in the past three weeks – although no argument is made here for its re-introduction. At this rate, Taser use could surpass 2006 when the device was deployed 11 times, and 2007 – the […]

UK – Police use of taser statistics, England and Wales, 2012 to 2013 (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An official quarterly statistical report on taser use by the police in the United Kingdom. Note the different definitions of “use”, of which “firing” is the highest. The three major findings: Total police use of taser increased between 2012 and 2013, continuing the trend seen since 2009; The percentage of uses where […]

UK – Taser use by London Metropolitan Police substantially increases (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 27 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a report just released by the Home Office, taser use by the London Police substantially increased between 2011 and 2013: officers used the weapon 378 times in 2011 and this figure increased to 2,110 times in 2013. The number of times the weapon was actually fired by London police officers increased […]

UK – Police use of Tasers rises sharply in 2013 (2014-03-27)

Posted on March 2 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a new Home Office report (, it is recorded that Police in England and Wales used Tasers on more than 10,000 occasions for the first time in 2013, an increase of 27% over the previous year, according to Home Office figures. The annual official Taser statistics show that officers ended up […]

ISRAEL – Refused Transport on Shabbos, was Tasered & Now Suing (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A man is making a lot of noise and police are called. refused to enter a police car on Shabbos, the day of rest for orthodox Jews, the policeman decided to use his taser against him. The man’s lawyer says he was tasered multiple times and is now partly disabled. Despite growing […]

UK – London: Concerns raised after Met’s Taser use quadruples (2013-01-18)

Posted on January 18 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Between 1st January and 8th November 2013 London police-officers drew their tasers on 1,746 occasions – a more than fourfold increase on the 2011 figure. London Assembly Members from all parties have expressed concern that taserss could be used as a “compliance tool” to ensure suspects and detainees obey officer requests out […]

UK – Thames Valley: Charity [Amnesty International] criticises police over Taser use (2014-01-17)

Posted on January 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Amnesty International concerned after instances of Taser use by Thames Valley police double from 2012 to 2013, where officers deployed electric stun guns 119 times in 2013, compared with 61 occasions in 2012, including several times in drive-stun mode (applied directly to the person Amnesty International UK has called for the use […]

UK – Cornwall and Devon: Cops taser terror (2014-01-08)

Posted on January 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A police watchdog – the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) – is probing how Devon and Cornwall cops killed one man and injured a group of schoolboys with taser guns last year. The two unrelated incidents left 23 year old Andrew Pimlott dead and three boys aged 14 and 15, injured. Andrew Pimlott […]

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 […]

UK – London: Taser use should be ‘a last resort’ (2013-10-15)

Posted on October 16 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The user of Tasers by the Metropolitan Police Service (M’PS – London Police) needs to be ‘very closely monitored’ and ‘a last resort’, a report, issued the London Police and Crime Committee has said today. The 2012 decision to nearly triple the number of MPS officers trained to use Taser and […]

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 […]

UK – Taser use is on the rise in Hampshire [including “drive-stun”] (2013-09-25)

Posted on September 25 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : New Home Office statistics from Hampshire county show “drive-stun” tasering (pain-compliance) is increasing, although overall taser use fell slightly from 2011. In England and Wales, taser deploymernt went up from 6,649 in 2010 to 7,877 in 2011. No data yet available for 2012.]] Hampshire Gazette A CONTROVERSIAL method for using Tasers […]

CANADA – Ontario: Possible abuse with taser use (2013-09-20)

Posted on September 20 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : After the recent tasering of an 80-yr-old woman with dementia, all Ontarians wary of the fact that more front-line police officers will be carrying tasers in this province. We shouldn’t be hypercritical of the police, but this event should make all Ontarians wary of the fact that more front-line police officers […]

ISRAEL – Knesset: Taser use by police is rising (2013-09-15)

Posted on September 15 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : There was a marked increase in the use of Tasers by Israel Police in 2012 over 2011: 472 instances in which police used a Taser in 2012, over 385 in 2011. When factoring in an additional 109 incidents involving the Border Police, Special Patrol Unit (Yasam) and police detective units, the number […]

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 […]

CANADA – Use of RCMP Tasers rises dramatically, records show (2008-03-24)

Posted on March 24 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The number of incidents involving RCMP stun guns has more than doubled between 2005 and 2007. Mounties across the country drew or threatened to draw their Tasers more than 1,400 times last year — a dramatic rise in incidents, compared with 597 in 2005. The spike was greatest in jurisdictions such as […]