Taser use fig­ures shoot up in force

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

PO­LICE Taser use has shot up in Thames Val­ley, with one of­fi­cer de­ploy­ing his stun gun 11 times in as many months.

Be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber last year, of­fi­cers in the force used Tasers on 282 oc­ca­sions.

The most pro­lific of­fi­cer drew their stun gun 11 times dur­ing those months.

All of th­ese were the ‘red dot’ use, where the of­fi­cer aims the Taser at the sus­pect so that a red dot ap­pears on their body.

The top six of­fi­cers who de­ployed Tasers the most fre­quently in Thames Val­ley all used the red dot set­ting with­out ac­tu­ally fir­ing the burst of elec­tric cur­rent.

The sec­ond most pro­lific of­fi­cer used their Taser seven times be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber last year. On each oc­ca­sion they pointed the red dot at sus­pects’ bod­ies. Four more of­fi­cers all used Tasers six times each.

Th­ese six of­fi­cers com­bined were re­spon­si­ble for about one in eight uses of the Thames Jan­uary last year.

Taser use in Thames Val­ley has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally in the past few years, with of­fi­cers us­ing them to threaten and de­liver elec­tric shocks.

Of­fi­cers used the stun guns 65 times in 2012, fir­ing them 15 times.

In 2014, ex­clud­ing De­cem­ber, the force used them 282 times, in­clud­ing be­ing fired 33 times in some way. stun guns in Val­ley be­tween and Novem­ber

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