Taser use figures shoot up in force
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