Taser statistics

All uses of Taser are reported to the Home office in great detail. In the interests of openness and transparency, we also publish annual statistics of Taser use.


When an officer considers there to be an imminent use or threat of violence they may consider the use of Taser.

Officers have to justify every use of Taser. This justification is checked by a number of levels of supervision.

The term 'use' includes any of the following actions carried out in an operational setting:

drawing the Taser from the holster in circumstances where any person could reasonably perceive the action as a use of force

sparking of the Taser, commonly known as 'arcing'

aiming the Taser or placing the laser sight red dot onto a subject

firing a Taser so that the probes are discharged at a subject or animal

application and discharge of a Taser in both angled and drive stun modes

discharged in any other operational circumstances, including an unintentional discharge.

Every time an officer uses Taser they are required to complete an account of the incident that led to its removal. This is quality assured by their area single point of contact, before being reviewed by the Force Taser Officer.

An officer intending to use Taser should, where circumstances permit, give a clear warning.

One officer carrying out any of these will constitute a Taser 'deployment'. Two officers carrying out any of these on the same subject will count as two 'deployments' but one subject. For example one officer may draw the Taser, and another aims the Taser on the same subject - this counts as two deployments.

Taser use in Cambridgeshire - 2014

District Drawn Aimed Red dot Discharge Drive stun
Cambridge City 2   9    
East Cambridgeshire 2   1 2  
Fenland     7    
Huntingdonshire 2   1 2  
Peterborough 2 1 3 2  
South Cambridgeshire     1    
Total 8 1 22 6 0
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