Disclosure Details

Taser training - 443/13

Dated: 24 Jun 2013

Date of request:      04/06/2013

Date of response:   24/06/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 4 June 2013 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: 

Please could you help me with some information about Taser training?

What is the failure rate in your force:

a) For first time Taser training?

b) For annual reclassification Taser training?

c) For what reasons have your staff failed Taser training over the past 36 months? Please supply as much detail as possible

In response:

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 the HR Department 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.


There were no failures of Initial Taser training from June 2010 to May 2011. 

There were two failures of Initial Taser training from June 2011 to May 2012, which equates to 6% of all officers trained in this period. 

There were no Initial Taser failures from June 2012 to May 2013.


There were no failures of Refresher Taser from June 2010 and to May 2011. 

There were two failures of Refresher Taser training from June 2011 to May 2012 which equates to 0.7% of all officers trained during this period.

There were two Refresher Taser failures from June 2012 to May 2013 which equates to 0.8 % of all officers trained during this period.


The only recorded reason is failure to meet standards.  

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.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

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If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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