Police usage of Pava spray and tasers (FOI)
Police usage of Pava spray and tasers (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 24 November 2022.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
Since the use of tasers and Pava spray dating back 2012, providing a yearly breakdown:
How many children have been tasered or Pava sprayed? Including detailing gender?
How many disabled persons have been tasered or Pava sprayed? Including detailing gender?
How many minority groups black/ transgender have been tasered or Pava sprayed. Including detailing gender?
How many officers mobile devices have been checked for inappropriate images or comments on social media?
How many people have been tasered or Pava sprayed suffering from mental health issues or while being detained under Article 36?
All responses have been provided by the States of Jersey Police.
Information relating the number of persons with a disability who have been subject of either Taser or Pava discharge is not recorded.
Information on the number of persons subject of Taser discharge and identifying as transgender is not recorded. The number of persons subject of Taser discharge who represent a known minority group is 1 (Portuguese). The number of persons subject of Pava discharge who represent any minority group is not recorded.
To determine how many police officers’ mobile devices have been checked for inappropriate images or comments on social media would require a manual inspection of several hundred records held by the Professional Standards Department. It is estimated that, on average, a minimum of 10 minutes would be required to inspect each record, which would cause this entire response to significantly exceed the 12.5 hours maximum time limit as provided by Article 16(1) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011. A response to this question is therefore declined.
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1 Taser was first introduced in Jersey in 2014.
2 Pava was first introduced in Jersey in 2015.
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