Police stun gun use rise

Figures due to be released today are expected to show a sharp rise in the use of stun guns by police officers in England and Wales.

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Use of stun guns by officers more than doubles

The use of stun guns by police officers in England and Wales has more than doubled over two years, Home Office figures revealed.

  • 2009: 3,128 deployments.
  • 2010: 6,649 deployments.
  • 2011: 7,877 deployments.

The percentage of uses where the stun gun does not make contact with the suspect has remained between 72% and 75%.

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