Disparity in police taser use is revealed

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More police officers than ever are now equipped with tasers but with the number of complaints also rising, the Independent Police Complaints Commission is recommending forces safeguard against the possibility of over-use.

A recent IPCC report has revealed considerable disparity in Taser use between forces, ‘with some smaller forces having a proportionately much higher rate of taser use in relation to their size’.

In 2013, Suffolk used seven tasers per 100 officers and Norfolk used 12.

In comparison, the Dyfed-Powys and City of London forces used just two per 100 officers and Staffordshire used as many as 33.