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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Cumbria officers use Tasers more than 80 times in year

TASERS were used by police in Cumbria more than 80 times last year – a report has revealed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has released today a review of taser complaints and incidents from 2004 to 2013.

Nationally, figures have increased year on year from 3,128 in 2009 to 10,380 last year. During that time the number of IPCC referrals has increased from 59 to 154 incidents.

In Cumbria they were used 81 times in 2013. Figures obtained by the Evening Mail in 2012 revealed from 2005, when the devices were introduced in Cumbria, up until 2010 they were used a total of 114 times, and from March 2011 to August 2012 they were used a total of 139 times.

Inspector Paul Telford, of Cumbria police’s Firearms Operation Unit, said: “Taser use is governed by clear guidance and policy. It is used only where officers need to protect others or themselves from serious harm.

“The stats show that the constabulary continues to use Taser responsibly and only where necessary and justified in law. “The 81 reported uses include occasions where Taser has been drawn and a person warned, or where it has been aimed but not discharged. It remains the case that Taser is only actually fired in Cumbria in about a quarter of the reported uses. Taser is only issued to selected and specially-trained individuals, who undertake annual refresher training and who are continually assessed for suitability.”

The report states forces should work to address the number of times Tasers are used and has raised concerns about a growing use of the devices.

On August 16, 2011 Dale Burns was tasered by police four times after police were called to his Hartington Street flat in Barrow after an officer feared for his safety. The 27-year-old dad-of-two died in hospital but an inquest ruled he did not die as a result of being tasered.

Cindy Butts, IPCC commissioner, said: “In light of the significant increase in Taser use, it is important to ensure that the device is being used appropriately and not as a default choice where other tactical options, including communication, could be effective.”

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In reply to reader , 80 times in a year is nothing , it's the whole of cumbria , so quite a small number of actual incidents , officers do not use it as a first resort , actually it is a last resort to stop injury / attack & the offender is warned that a taser will be discharged , so it's their choice to continue .
No I am not a police officer .
When Yo go out don't attack people or break the law , low & behold you won't get arrested or tasered . Not hard now is it ?.
Reply to snortypig , I apologise if the autocorrect changed my spelling & it offended you , not being a electrician & using incorrect terminology I once again apologise , kudos to you though .

Posted by Al on 23 July 2014 at 15:15

Al - it's spelt "Volts".....and anyway it's the current flow that incapacitates the offender and current is measured in Amperes.

Posted by snortypig on 23 July 2014 at 07:54

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