County officers used taser 83 times in 2013

Figures released by the Independent Police complaints Commission reveal that tasers were used by county officers on 83 occasions in 2013

Figures released by the Independent Police complaints Commission reveal that tasers were used by county officers on 83 occasions in 2013

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Figures released by the Independent Police complaints Commission reveal that tasers were used by county officers on 83 occasions in 2013.

The statistics are part of an IPCC report calling for more analysis of taser use to examine whether it is being used appropriately.

The county has about 1,220 police officers, meaning tasers were used on seven occasions for every 100 officers in the force.

Staffordshire Police saw the most frequent taser use in comparison to the size of the force. The device was deployed on 626 occasions and there are 1,899 officers – or 33 times for every 100 officers.

The Metropolitan Police deployed tasers 2,110 times in 2013. The force has 31,435 officers, or seven uses for every 100 officers.

Nationally, tasers were used on 10,380 occasions in 2013.