Stun guns - 204/14
Dated: 28 Mar 2014
Date of request: 27/02/2014
Date of response: 28/03/2014
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 27 February 2014 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.
1. How many stun gun or taser devices have been seized in the last three years (calendar years- 2011, 2012 and 2013)?
2. How many crimes involving stun gun devices or tasers did your Force record in 2011, 2012 and 2013?
3. Please provide a breakdown of the incidents by category of crime.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with all Area Commands and the Strategy and Performance Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1. Searches made of the force property systems for items siezed as 'taser' and 'stun gun' has produced the below results
2011 - 28
2012 - 27
2013 - 35
2011 2012 2013
Less serious violence against the person 1 0 1
Miscellaneous crime 26 15 20
Other violence 0 1 0
Public disorder 0 0 1
Robbery – Personal 1 0 0
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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