December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Metropolitan Police officers fired stun guns at suspects in almost a third of cases where the devices were drawn, official figures have revealed.
The figures mean the force fired Taser about 10 per cent more of the time than was average across England and Wales.
About 32 per cent of Taser uses by the Met from January 2009 to December 2011 resulted in the so-called non-lethal devices being fired at suspects, according to the data released by the Home Office, with a stun gun fired at a person 345 times over 1084 uses across the three year period the figures cover.
Across England and Wales, 23.2 per cent of Taser deployments in 2009 involved the stun gun being fired, as opposed to just drawn, while this dropped to 20.4 per cent in 2010 and then rose slightly to 20.8 per cent in 2011.
The number of uses in which Taser was “fired” is not equal to the number of times the stun guns were discharged. Other recorded “uses” of Taser, where the device was discharged, include the drive stun, a method which involves the device being held against a suspect’s body and the trigger pulled, and the angle drive stun, which is similar but has an incapacitating effect.
The government figures show that the most popular use of Taser by the Met involved training the device on a suspect and partially activating it so that a red dot appears on their body. The number of uses where the device was “red dotted” over the three year period was 413, or 38 per cent of the time.