Disclosure Details

Firearm Usage - 481/12

Dated: 30 Jul 2015

Date of request:   08/06/2012

Date of response:   04/07/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 8 June 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

This is a request on police firearm usage between Jan 1, 2010 and the present day.  I am after all incidents where firearms were discharged.  This includes negligent or accidental discharges, operational discharges and humane destructions.

For each incident please state:

  1. When and where the incident happened

  2. How many bullets were discharged / how many times the Taser was fired and by how many officers

  3. The type of weapon used – eg Xrep Taser, shotgun, baton round etc

  4. The reasons why the weapon was used (eg man with gun threatening to shoot public, negligent discharge etc)

In response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Operations Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

As advised earlier this request has been aggregated with your previous request, FOI 438/12, due to the cost and time implications as it refers to the same subject area.  Also, as advised in your earlier request, to keep within the time constraints questions regarding taser could only be answered with regards to points 2 and 3.

With the above in mind I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Information provided is from January 2010 - May 2012 inclusive.

1, 2, 3 and 4 (Firearms).  There has been no use of firearms other than for humane destructions.  These are as follows:-

February 2010 South Shields Dog (Dangerous) Rifle 1 x .223
March 2010 Throckley Deer (Injured) Glock 1 x 9mm
March 2010 Whalton Deer (Injured) Shotgun 2 SG
August 2010 Hexham Bull (Dangerous) Rifle 5 x 7.62
October 2010 Whickham Deer (Injured) Glock 2 x 9mm
April 2011 Cramlington Deer (Injured) Glock 2 x 9mm
May 2011 Hebron Deer (Injured) G36 2 x .223
August 2011 Cramlington Deer (Injured) Glock 1 x 9mm
August 2011 Cramlington Deer (Injured) Glock 1 x 9mm
January 2012 Wallsend Fox (Injured) Glock 1 x 9mm
March 2012 Whickham Deer (Injured) G36 1 x .223
May 2012 Newcastle Dog (Injured) Glock 1 x 9mm
May 2012 Newcastle Deer (Injured) Glock 1 x 9mm
May 2012 Longhirst Deer (Injured) G36 &Glock 1 x .223 & 1 x 9mm
May 2012 Hexham Deer (Injured) Glock 2 x 9mm

2. The use of Taser can be classified in 6 separate categories and in total from 1 January 2010 up to May 2012 Northumbria Police have drawn the Taser 77 times, aimed it 7 times, placed a red dot on a person 184 times, arched it 1 time, used drive stun 2 times and discharged 77 times.

3. Type of taser Taser X26 and Taser X-Rep.

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Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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