Taser use up over 300 per cent between 2009 and 2013

Date: 
Friday, 28 March, 2014

Police in England and Wales used tasers more than 10,000 in 2013, The Guardian reports, an increase of 27 per cent in a year.

Figures from the annual Police use of taser statistics also show that taser use has increased dramatically year on year since 2009, when they were used just over 3,000 times.

The data release also includes force-by-force breakdowns of taser use. Lincolnshire saw the largest rise in taser use, with an increase of over 5,000 per cent between 2009 and 2013. The smallest rise was in Northumbria, with 33 per cent.

The force-by-force breakdown can be downloaded below.