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Just Sharing This Avon and Somerset Police taser use on children more than doubled in one year

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    Use of tasers against children in Avon and Somerset has DOUBLED in a year.

    There were 38 incidents where tasers were used against children in Avon and Somerset in 2016, up from 19 in 2015 but up from 11 in 2014.


    But a spokesman for the police said the weapons were only used against children as a last resort.

    A 13-year-old in Bristol was red dotted in January, and may have been the youngest child a taser was used against last year.

    A 17-year-old in Somerset West was drive stunned in February last year and a taser was fired at another under 18 in Somerset in July.

    The police force changed the way it recorded taser use by age from April onwards last year, recording all uses of children grouped as 11 to 17 years old.

    There were 597 incidences of tasers being used against children across the UK in 2016, according to figures released by police under the Freedom of Information Act.

    This was a rise of 25 per cent from 476 uses in 2015. Taser usage on under 18s averaged around 500 uses per year between 2013 and 2015, after rising steadily since the tasers were introduced in 2003.

    Red dotting, where the taser is aimed at a person showing up as a red dot, usually used as a warning, was the most common useage in 2016, with 328 incidents, up 29 per cent from 254 in 2015. Tasers were drawn on 166 occasions, up 29 per cent from 129 in 2015.

    Tasers were slightly more likely to be fired, up from 40 discharges in 2015 to 42 in 2016. There were also two incidents where young people were drive stunned. However, these numbers have been relatively consistent in recent years.

    A spokesman for the police said: "The decision to deploy officers with Tasers is made on the basis of the threat and harm posed to the public and officers.

    "Sometimes officers carrying Tasers will be deployed where someone is armed with a weapon, for example a knife.

    "In a situation where a person is volatile, out of control or presenting a physical threat to the public or officers, “red dotting” can be enough to bring a situation under control.

    "Red dotting is a recognised tactic where a red light from a Taser shows on someone’s body. Officers will then make that person aware that if they continue to be violent or physically threatening, the Taser can be used.

    "The number of instances of uses on people aged under 18 is very small and it is important to reiterate that it is deployed on the basis of threat posed not age.

    "Use of a Taser is something that is constantly assessed, scrutinised and monitored and it is right that we are transparent about how and why they are used.

    "The data collected helps us to make more informed decisions about training, tactics and equipment as well as demonstrating the really difficult situations officers are sometimes confronted with."

    Oliver Sprague, Amnesty International UK's Arms Control Director, said: "Any rise in the use of Taser against children is of significant concern, not least because children are at much greater risk of serious harm from being subjected to this weapon.

    "This is written loud and clear in Government scientific medical advice, with warnings given about using it on younger people. Police guidelines and training in this area must be significantly strengthened, with a very clear presumption and warning given against using Taser on children.

    "Everyone recognises that police officers are often faced with life and death situations and have to act quickly to deal with imminent and serious threats. With young people, given the clear risks of using Taser against them, it must truly be a weapon of last resort, subject to intense scrutiny by the appropriate authorities with the most robust safeguards in place to protect children in these situations."

    Taser use is recorded in seven categories, with the highest use in each incident recorded. The highest use is fired, where the taser is fired with a live cartridge, followed by angled drive stun and drive stun, where the taser is held against a person’s body and fired, red dotted, arcing, which is the sparking of the taser without aiming or firing, aimed, and drawn.

    Published by Somerset live: Taser use on children in Avon and Somerset doubled in one year
     

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