UK – Taser gun use by Welsh police forces is cause for concern, charity says (2014-01-31)

Published on January 31 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Taser use in Wales increased substantially in Wales in 2013 (1,748 times in 2013, 1,271 in 2012), although the number of times Tasers were fired in Wales has remained relatively static over the last three years it was fired 47 times in 2013. (Use includes demonstration of the taser.) The Police Action Centre (PAC) – a charity which represents about a dozen people in the UK who have been injured by a Taser – said the increase in authorisations represents a change to a style of policing. “The figures are concerning because the level of violent crime remains the same and there’s no real increase in the level of crime across the country”, according to PAC.]]

BBC

A rise in the number of times police were authorised to use Taser guns is a cause for concern, said a charity.

Gwent, North and South Wales police forces authorised Taser use 1,748 times in 2013, compared with 1,271 in 2012 – a rise of 477.

But the number of times Tasers were fired in Wales has remained relatively static over the last three years.

Police forces said Tasers could be successful in deterring violence in high-risk situations.

Last year a Taser was fired 49 times in Wales, resulting in six reported injuries.

Tasers work by using an electrical charge to disrupt signals from the brain to the muscles causing temporary paralysis which lasts a few seconds.

The number of times officers were authorised to use a Taser rose by more than a third in 2013, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio Wales from three out of the four police forces in Wales. Dyfed Powys Police did not provide figures for authorisations.

The Police Action Centre (PAC) – a charity which represents about a dozen people in the UK who have been injured by a Taser – said the increase in authorisations represents a change to a style of policing by force.

“The figures are concerning because the level of violent crime remains the same and there’s no real increase in the level of crime across the country – and that applies to Wales as well,” said Sophie Khan, a solicitor advocate and legal director of PAC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25957591

 

 

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