Taser Use - 829/12
Dated: 01 Nov 2012
Date of request: 24/10/2012
Date of response: 01/11/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 24 October 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.
It is my understanding that when a Taser is used an Appendix H – Taser Deployment Form has to be completed.
Could you provide me with all such Appendix H forms held by your police force where the incident took place in the last financial year (11/12), the Taser was fired, and the intended subject was an animal.
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 Operations Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police. We have had no instances where taser has been used on an animal in the time period specified.
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