Wiltshire Police used weapon 54 times last year

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THE use of Taser guns is on the rise in Wiltshire, Home Office figures have revealed.

Records show Wiltshire Police used the stun weapons on 10 occasions between January and March this year, the latest period for which figures are available.

Officers used Tasers an average of more than three times per month during that period.

By contrast, the average number of uses over the previous five years was less than one per month.

The guns, which look like fluorescent pistols, use compressed air to Fire">Fire">Fire">Fire">Fire">fire two darts that trail an electric cable back to the handset.

When the darts strike, a five-second 50,000-volt charge is released down the cable, temporarily paralysing the target’s muscles, leaving them incapacitated and easier to arrest.

The figures showed that since the introduction of tasers in 2004 Wiltshire Police used the devices on a total of 54 occasions. Not every use resulted in the weapon being discharged.

An analysis of the figures showed Tasers were fired 27 times, while a ‘red dot’ from a weapon was aimed at targets on 21 occasions.

Current guidance states Tasers can only be used where officers would be facing violence or threats of violence of such severity that they would need to use force to protect the public, themselves and/or the subject.

Nationally, figures showed the devices were used 250 times between January and March 2009, up from 187 in the previous quarter.

They were discharged 62 times in the three months to April, compared with 35 in the last three months of 2008.

Specially trained units across England and Wales have now used Tasers a total of 4,818 times – and discharged them on 1,407 occasions – since their introduction in April 2004.

Inspector Graham Copestake, of Wiltshire Police, said: “A Taser allows officers to ensure both their safety and that of the public when confronted. They are very effective in helping resolve potentially dangerous situation both quickly and safely.”

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1:12pm Wed 19 Aug 09

swindonistani says...

Our Police is indeed busy tasing the Middle Classes.....
whilst leaving the yobs to rule our streets.....
well done police!
Our Police is indeed busy tasing the Middle Classes..... whilst leaving the yobs to rule our streets..... well done police! swindonistani
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1:22pm Wed 19 Aug 09

GetAJob says...

Um - where in the article does it mention the class of people who were (potentially) at the receiving end of a taser? I can't see it, unless you can enlighten us further please swindonistani?

Apt security word btw: upon-burn!
Um - where in the article does it mention the class of people who were (potentially) at the receiving end of a taser? I can't see it, unless you can enlighten us further please swindonistani? Apt security word btw: upon-burn! GetAJob
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1:28pm Wed 19 Aug 09

Mr Blackwell says...

I'm concerned that the use of Tasers on criminals will give added ammunition to already unduly lenient judges to hand down ever more lenient sentences on the basis that the criminal was 'hurt' or 'humiliated' by being Tasered.
Defence lawyers everywhere will soon be using this to help the judges make life even easier for their 'clients'.
I'm concerned that the use of Tasers on criminals will give added ammunition to already unduly lenient judges to hand down ever more lenient sentences on the basis that the criminal was 'hurt' or 'humiliated' by being Tasered. Defence lawyers everywhere will soon be using this to help the judges make life even easier for their 'clients'. Mr Blackwell
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1:34pm Wed 19 Aug 09

swindonistani says...

GetAJob wrote:
Um - where in the article does it mention the class of people who were (potentially) at the receiving end of a taser? I can't see it, unless you can enlighten us further please swindonistani? Apt security word btw: upon-burn!
I live in this country?
Since when Police arrest criminals?
Don't you know it by now that after 10 years of ZanuLiebour, they have been busy criminalising themiddle class!
It is soon to be illegal to be a hard working married middle class family.
I am actually surprised they haven't built some camps for us yet!
[quote][p][bold]GetAJob[/bold] wrote: Um - where in the article does it mention the class of people who were (potentially) at the receiving end of a taser? I can't see it, unless you can enlighten us further please swindonistani? Apt security word btw: upon-burn![/p][/quote]I live in this country? Since when Police arrest criminals? Don't you know it by now that after 10 years of ZanuLiebour, they have been busy criminalising themiddle class! It is soon to be illegal to be a hard working married middle class family. I am actually surprised they haven't built some camps for us yet! swindonistani
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1:55pm Wed 19 Aug 09

Mr_Big says...

How can the police be tasing people swindonistani? You told us yesterday that the old bill were all on holiday.
How can the police be tasing people swindonistani? You told us yesterday that the old bill were all on holiday. Mr_Big
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2:03pm Wed 19 Aug 09

itsamess says...

We have enough over enthusiastic police officers who get away with using fists or boots as persuaders. It would be interesting to see some figures on doctors called to attend the police station to attend to injured arrested persons. Court records where the accused claimed being beaten where officers ad verbatum claim--sorry ma lud it was neccesary for me and my 5 colleagues to force this 5' 0" giant to the ground and bang their head on the ground as they would not sign the FPN for spitting on the floor. Sorry ma lud us poor old coppers need protection from these thugs. So now the new weapon "The Tazer" how long before someone dies.
We have enough over enthusiastic police officers who get away with using fists or boots as persuaders. It would be interesting to see some figures on doctors called to attend the police station to attend to injured arrested persons. Court records where the accused claimed being beaten where officers ad verbatum claim--sorry ma lud it was neccesary for me and my 5 colleagues to force this 5' 0" giant to the ground and bang their head on the ground as they would not sign the FPN for spitting on the floor. Sorry ma lud us poor old coppers need protection from these thugs. So now the new weapon "The Tazer" how long before someone dies. itsamess
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2:05pm Wed 19 Aug 09

swindonistani says...

Mr_Big wrote:
How can the police be tasing people swindonistani? You told us yesterday that the old bill were all on holiday.
Wiltshire Police busy but Swindon Police wife sharing on holiday
[quote][p][bold]Mr_Big[/bold] wrote: How can the police be tasing people swindonistani? You told us yesterday that the old bill were all on holiday.[/p][/quote]Wiltshire Police busy but Swindon Police wife sharing on holiday swindonistani
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2:40pm Wed 19 Aug 09

Support_British_Manufacturing says...

I would rather see armed police.
I would rather see armed police. Support_British_Manufacturing
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2:43pm Wed 19 Aug 09

PaulD says...

Swindonstani - you are a serious mental case.
Swindonstani - you are a serious mental case. PaulD
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2:45pm Wed 19 Aug 09

Bobfm says...

All I would ask, is what is preferable, someone receiving, an albeit, unpleasant electric shock, or being shot dead as SBM clearly advocate.

It is quite revealing that the same people who want see our streets safer, canodemn a method that can help.
All I would ask, is what is preferable, someone receiving, an albeit, unpleasant electric shock, or being shot dead as SBM clearly advocate. It is quite revealing that the same people who want see our streets safer, canodemn a method that can help. Bobfm
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2:50pm Wed 19 Aug 09

itsamess says...

Support_British_Manu
facturing

Didn't you read recently that armed police were deployed on a drug bust that netted £3 worth of cannibis--it was questioned on here to its accuracy--adver confirmed it correct--then removed the posts.
Support_British_Manu facturing Didn't you read recently that armed police were deployed on a drug bust that netted £3 worth of cannibis--it was questioned on here to its accuracy--adver confirmed it correct--then removed the posts. itsamess
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2:52pm Wed 19 Aug 09

swindonistani says...

PaulD wrote:
Swindonstani - you are a serious mental case.
why? because I speak the Thruth that our Police is a farce and stamping down on the law abiding citizens to make up their pathetic figures.
Well thats a bit too late for hiding the Truth, many millions know that they cannot count on their police and that at best these are thugs in uniforms.
Their morality questionable, their honesty already battered, their service a shamble!
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: Swindonstani - you are a serious mental case.[/p][/quote]why? because I speak the Thruth that our Police is a farce and stamping down on the law abiding citizens to make up their pathetic figures. Well thats a bit too late for hiding the Truth, many millions know that they cannot count on their police and that at best these are thugs in uniforms. Their morality questionable, their honesty already battered, their service a shamble! swindonistani
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2:54pm Wed 19 Aug 09

swindonistani says...

itsamess wrote:
Support_British_Manu facturing Didn't you read recently that armed police were deployed on a drug bust that netted £3 worth of cannibis--it was questioned on here to its accuracy--adver confirmed it correct--then removed the posts.
Farcical Police,:-) we don't need a comedy show, we just need to read some Police news, it is enough to make the dead laugh.
[quote][p][bold]itsamess[/bold] wrote: Support_British_Manu facturing Didn't you read recently that armed police were deployed on a drug bust that netted £3 worth of cannibis--it was questioned on here to its accuracy--adver confirmed it correct--then removed the posts.[/p][/quote]Farcical Police,:-) we don't need a comedy show, we just need to read some Police news, it is enough to make the dead laugh. swindonistani
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2:59pm Wed 19 Aug 09

itsamess says...

I can only suggest you take a trip down to the drinking areas bobby as you will see our police in a very different light--my opinion based on covert viewing.
I can only suggest you take a trip down to the drinking areas bobby as you will see our police in a very different light--my opinion based on covert viewing. itsamess
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3:33pm Wed 19 Aug 09

her_in_doors2 says...

itsamess wrote:
Support_British_Manu facturing Didn't you read recently that armed police were deployed on a drug bust that netted £3 worth of cannibis--it was questioned on here to its accuracy--adver confirmed it correct--then removed the posts.
Ah well if the adver confirmed it it must be true after all they never make mistakes!!!
[quote][p][bold]itsamess[/bold] wrote: Support_British_Manu facturing Didn't you read recently that armed police were deployed on a drug bust that netted £3 worth of cannibis--it was questioned on here to its accuracy--adver confirmed it correct--then removed the posts.[/p][/quote]Ah well if the adver confirmed it it must be true after all they never make mistakes!!! her_in_doors2
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6:35pm Wed 19 Aug 09

Bobfm says...

itsamess, I wasn't aware I had expressed an opinion on the police just the clear preferential difference between the Taser and a section one firearm.
itsamess, I wasn't aware I had expressed an opinion on the police just the clear preferential difference between the Taser and a section one firearm. Bobfm
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7:19pm Wed 19 Aug 09

Captain Sensible says...

I'm confused, why would the Wiltshire police need to fire a taser? At the doughnut counter in Sainsbury on Oxford Road? At Burger King? At Starbucks? Or inside a speed camera van? After all you never see them anywhere else....
I'm confused, why would the Wiltshire police need to fire a taser? At the doughnut counter in Sainsbury on Oxford Road? At Burger King? At Starbucks? Or inside a speed camera van? After all you never see them anywhere else.... Captain Sensible
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7:53pm Wed 19 Aug 09

bilzinusa says...

Taser
1972, formed from the initials of Thomas A Swift's electric rifle, a fictitious weapon.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper
Taser 1972, formed from the initials of Thomas A Swift's electric rifle, a fictitious weapon. Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper bilzinusa
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8:49pm Wed 19 Aug 09

itsamess says...

Oh i see bobby--so its not the police that use tazers and section1 firearms (which i assume to be guns). It is just another potentially dangerous weapon in the police's growing arsenal--their favourite weapons still being the boot and knee--but of course they are only protecting themselves. Clearly you are out of touch as to what goes on down town.
Oh i see bobby--so its not the police that use tazers and section1 firearms (which i assume to be guns). It is just another potentially dangerous weapon in the police's growing arsenal--their favourite weapons still being the boot and knee--but of course they are only protecting themselves. Clearly you are out of touch as to what goes on down town. itsamess
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12:11am Thu 20 Aug 09

Phoenix One UK says...

I recall being part of a debate on MSN not that long ago. The debaterevolved round the government order of 10,000 tasers. The point was proven that tasers can kill and that their use can be abused. The debate included links to video clips of police abusing powers, and in one instance, showed a man tasered to death in Canada.

Public opinion was strong enough for the Metro police to issue a statement saying they would refuse to issue the tasers to their officers.
I recall being part of a debate on MSN not that long ago. The debaterevolved round the government order of 10,000 tasers. The point was proven that tasers can kill and that their use can be abused. The debate included links to video clips of police abusing powers, and in one instance, showed a man tasered to death in Canada. Public opinion was strong enough for the Metro police to issue a statement saying they would refuse to issue the tasers to their officers. Phoenix One UK
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9:06am Thu 20 Aug 09

Bobfm says...

Ter it is the use by individual offices, as with section 1 firearms. Truncheons can kill, fists can kill, many things can kill.

Lets put it this way having a choice between being shot by a gun or a Taser, I know which one I would choose. Lets face it there are some on here who just hate the police. One questions why?

For my part as a former policeman I question their operational priorities, and the directions they are given, both locally and nationally. In large part as a Statutory body they are subject to the rules of their chain of command just like the Armed Services. Should we be telling our troops in Afghanistan when confronted with a hostile crown, or individual not to shoot until they shoot you first.

The police take an oath to uphold the Queen's.

"I, ..
Ter it is the use by individual offices, as with section 1 firearms. Truncheons can kill, fists can kill, many things can kill. Lets put it this way having a choice between being shot by a gun or a Taser, I know which one I would choose. Lets face it there are some on here who just hate the police. One questions why? For my part as a former policeman I question their operational priorities, and the directions they are given, both locally and nationally. In large part as a Statutory body they are subject to the rules of their chain of command just like the Armed Services. Should we be telling our troops in Afghanistan when confronted with a hostile crown, or individual not to shoot until they shoot you first. The police take an oath to uphold the Queen's. "I, .. Bobfm
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9:17am Thu 20 Aug 09

Bobfm says...

Don'y know what happened to the above post seems to have been cut off in it's prime.
Don'y know what happened to the above post seems to have been cut off in it's prime. Bobfm
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10:47am Thu 20 Aug 09

itsamess says...

Bob

you entirely miss the point of debate. As an ex copper and serviceman you will be well aware of the rules. Our Police are not armed--but slowly this is happening through the back door. The incidents of armed response are more regular as are shots fired. Consider the recent drug raid that claimed the recovery of £3 of cannibis and no drug factory and a single arrest. Are the public not right to be concerned as to the deployment of armed officers on our streets? Slowly the aids given to the police have gained strength and tazers added--yet despite numerous reports and proof of deaths the use has increased steadily. We are following the american way of violent policing--their excuse being most americans have guns--we dont. You only have to watch our police in action as they have lost the basic skills of diplomacy and interaction with the public and have been turned into revenue collectors dealing with petty offences whilst the criminal element are left to go on their merry way. The principle of our law is innocent until proven guilty. However with the powers now given our police have become accuser--judge--and implement the sentence. Yes bob the FPNs. The officer for example claims he saw someone spit on the floor--challenges the suspect who denies it--Well sir i propose to deal with this by way of fixed penalty--there you are sir just sign the ticket please--sorry officer but i have done nothing wrong--well sir if you dont sign the ticket i will have to take you into custody and lock you up until we sort this out. Next thing you know is 5 or 6 more officers are rolling around on the floor kicking/kneeing rubbing the guy/gals head on the floor claiming a breach of the peace--despite an armoury of sprays etc which if the claim was true would have been used. Enlighten us all then bob why policing has sunk to this level? Could it be that FPNs count as reported and detected crime? Your argument as to soldiers facing a situation where he has to shoot or be shot does not hold water as well you know--perhaps you have never been on active service. We accept our police are severely restricted by many laws that favour the criminal--but that is no excuse for taking the easy options. Diplomacy goes a long way!!
Bob you entirely miss the point of debate. As an ex copper and serviceman you will be well aware of the rules. Our Police are not armed--but slowly this is happening through the back door. The incidents of armed response are more regular as are shots fired. Consider the recent drug raid that claimed the recovery of £3 of cannibis and no drug factory and a single arrest. Are the public not right to be concerned as to the deployment of armed officers on our streets? Slowly the aids given to the police have gained strength and tazers added--yet despite numerous reports and proof of deaths the use has increased steadily. We are following the american way of violent policing--their excuse being most americans have guns--we dont. You only have to watch our police in action as they have lost the basic skills of diplomacy and interaction with the public and have been turned into revenue collectors dealing with petty offences whilst the criminal element are left to go on their merry way. The principle of our law is innocent until proven guilty. However with the powers now given our police have become accuser--judge--and implement the sentence. Yes bob the FPNs. The officer for example claims he saw someone spit on the floor--challenges the suspect who denies it--Well sir i propose to deal with this by way of fixed penalty--there you are sir just sign the ticket please--sorry officer but i have done nothing wrong--well sir if you dont sign the ticket i will have to take you into custody and lock you up until we sort this out. Next thing you know is 5 or 6 more officers are rolling around on the floor kicking/kneeing rubbing the guy/gals head on the floor claiming a breach of the peace--despite an armoury of sprays etc which if the claim was true would have been used. Enlighten us all then bob why policing has sunk to this level? Could it be that FPNs count as reported and detected crime? Your argument as to soldiers facing a situation where he has to shoot or be shot does not hold water as well you know--perhaps you have never been on active service. We accept our police are severely restricted by many laws that favour the criminal--but that is no excuse for taking the easy options. Diplomacy goes a long way!! itsamess
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8:48pm Thu 20 Aug 09

opinionatedtoo says...

Where to start?
Armed police deployed to an incident, shock horror. That's their job, to attend incidents! These are POLICE OFFICERS, there was no mention of them arming themselves. The firearms are there if need be for the incidents that require an armed officer.
Itsamess and swindonistasi, a pair of shockers! you both should write for The Sport or some other comic.. a joke.
Going by the report,in the last 5 years a Taser has been produced by officers on 54 occasions, on 21 of those a red dot was used to persuade the person into not a being a dirty scumbag criminal and (in most cases i imagine) put down the weapon/hostage etc that they had and a further 27 occasions the Taser was actually fired, so thats 27 times in 5 years they were actually used, a touch over 5 times a year, doesn't sound like much to me.
Considering how so many people on here moan that people that commit crimes should be strung up or other such punishments i would of thought you would all think that this is rather on the lenient side!
To add as a footnote, I personally do not think that "regular" officers should have Tasers.
Where to start? Armed police deployed to an incident, shock horror. That's their job, to attend incidents! These are POLICE OFFICERS, there was no mention of them arming themselves. The firearms are there if need be for the incidents that require an armed officer. Itsamess and swindonistasi, a pair of shockers! you both should write for The Sport or some other comic.. a joke. Going by the report,in the last 5 years a Taser has been produced by officers on 54 occasions, on 21 of those a red dot was used to persuade the person into not a being a dirty scumbag criminal and (in most cases i imagine) put down the weapon/hostage etc that they had and a further 27 occasions the Taser was actually fired, so thats 27 times in 5 years they were actually used, a touch over 5 times a year, doesn't sound like much to me. Considering how so many people on here moan that people that commit crimes should be strung up or other such punishments i would of thought you would all think that this is rather on the lenient side! To add as a footnote, I personally do not think that "regular" officers should have Tasers. opinionatedtoo
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9:22am Fri 21 Aug 09

swindonistani says...

opinionatedtoo wrote:
Where to start? Armed police deployed to an incident, shock horror. That's their job, to attend incidents! These are POLICE OFFICERS, there was no mention of them arming themselves. The firearms are there if need be for the incidents that require an armed officer. Itsamess and swindonistasi, a pair of shockers! you both should write for The Sport or some other comic.. a joke. Going by the report,in the last 5 years a Taser has been produced by officers on 54 occasions, on 21 of those a red dot was used to persuade the person into not a being a dirty scumbag criminal and (in most cases i imagine) put down the weapon/hostage etc that they had and a further 27 occasions the Taser was actually fired, so thats 27 times in 5 years they were actually used, a touch over 5 times a year, doesn't sound like much to me. Considering how so many people on here moan that people that commit crimes should be strung up or other such punishments i would of thought you would all think that this is rather on the lenient side! To add as a footnote, I personally do not think that "regular" officers should have Tasers.
we do not need to Police! if there was anything to keep out of it would be the crime investigation and forensic bureau
As for the "bobbies" & PCSO, they should be scrapped and sent to Afghanistan to support the Country
If we give back to citizens their rights to arrest and defend themselves (ie bear arms) we would save lots of money in this country by scrapping this farcical and expensive Police.
You find my comments amusing, well believe me I am certainly not wanting arms to be allowed back into the citizens hands
[quote][p][bold]opinionatedtoo[/bold] wrote: Where to start? Armed police deployed to an incident, shock horror. That's their job, to attend incidents! These are POLICE OFFICERS, there was no mention of them arming themselves. The firearms are there if need be for the incidents that require an armed officer. Itsamess and swindonistasi, a pair of shockers! you both should write for The Sport or some other comic.. a joke. Going by the report,in the last 5 years a Taser has been produced by officers on 54 occasions, on 21 of those a red dot was used to persuade the person into not a being a dirty scumbag criminal and (in most cases i imagine) put down the weapon/hostage etc that they had and a further 27 occasions the Taser was actually fired, so thats 27 times in 5 years they were actually used, a touch over 5 times a year, doesn't sound like much to me. Considering how so many people on here moan that people that commit crimes should be strung up or other such punishments i would of thought you would all think that this is rather on the lenient side! To add as a footnote, I personally do not think that "regular" officers should have Tasers.[/p][/quote]we do not need to Police! if there was anything to keep out of it would be the crime investigation and forensic bureau As for the "bobbies" & PCSO, they should be scrapped and sent to Afghanistan to support the Country If we give back to citizens their rights to arrest and defend themselves (ie bear arms) we would save lots of money in this country by scrapping this farcical and expensive Police. You find my comments amusing, well believe me I am certainly not wanting arms to be allowed back into the citizens hands swindonistani
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