Taser use by Metropolitan Police substantially increases

The use of tasers by the Metropolitan Police substantially increased between 2011 and 2013, according to new figures from the Home Office. The police force said despite the increase in usage, there has been a fall in firings.

Police: Firings of tasers fell despite increase in usage

The Metropolitan Police said there has been a marked fall in the number of times tasers have been fired, despite figures showing a dramatic increase in usage.

"Despite an increase in usage of Taser over the last two years we have seen a marked fall in firings from 20% in 2010 to 11.7% in 2013," a statement read.

"That means in nearly 90% of occasions where Taser is drawn the mere presence of the Taser was sufficient to bring the situation to a successful conclusion without any direct force being used."

A spokesman added that a programme to extend the use of tasers among trained officers in boroughs has enabled violent or potentially violent incidents to be dealt with far quicker.

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Responding to the news that the force had increased its use, the Green Party's Jenny Jones said:

I am deeply worried that some officers are using it to force compliance with instructions, which is exactly what the Met Police promised would not happen.

Their argument for the taser roll out was that it would prevent many injuries to officers, but given such a large rise I worry that they might be using tasers when they would normally defuse situations by more peaceful means.

The dramatic increase in the number of times officers are drawing this weapon but not firing it, makes me worry it is being used too readily to force people to comply or face being tasered.

Jones called on the Mayor to challenge the Commissioner about the increasing use of Tasers.

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Taser use by Metropolitan Police substantially increases

The use of tasers by the Metropolitan Police substantially increased between 2011 and 2013, according to new figures from the Home Office.

Officers used the weapon 378 times in 2011 and this figure increased to 2,110 times in 2013.

Taser use increased between 2011 and 2013, new figures suggest. Credit: PA

The number of times the weapon was actually fired by a Met Police officer increased from 112 to 136 between 2011 and 2013.

In England and Wales, the proportion of cases when the Taser was fully fired dropped between 2012 and 2013 from 21 per cent to 17 per cent.

Tasers have been fired 43 times during the first three months of 2013.