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S5W-01982: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many times tasers have been (a) deployed and (b) discharged by the police in each year since 2013, broken down by (i) reason for deployment, (ii) distance that they were discharged from and (iii) the number of (A) injuries and (B) deaths that have arisen from their use.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 9 September 2016

The deployment of tasers is an operational matter for Police Scotland and are deployed in accordance with the current national UK practices as directed by the College of Policing and National Armed Policing and approved by the National Police Chiefs' Council. Since the establishment of Police Scotland the number of times a taser has been deployed and discharged is set out in the following table.

All incidents of Police Scotland's use of firearms, including tasers, must be referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner for independent investigation and the subsequent reports can be found at:

Police Scotland do not record the specific deployment distances for each incident. There have been no deaths due to the use of tasers with only one injury attributed to the use of a taser.


Tasers deployed

Tasers discharged

April 2013 to March 2014



April 2014 to March 2015



April 2015 to March 2016



April 2016 to 17 August 2016