10 Dec 2013

Police using tasers more often

8:52 pm on 10 December 2013

On Tuesday, police released data on the use of the weapons since a national rollout in March 2010 to June this year.

From March 2010 to June 2011, tasers were used on 846 occasions, including officers pulling out the weapon as well as firing at people.

From January to December 2012, tasers were used 925 times, while from January to June this year, they have been used 552 times.

The most recent six months include 72 occasions on which the weapons were fired.

Over that period Waitemata, Auckland City, Counties Manukau and Wellington recorded the most taser use.

However, police say injuries with a taser aren't necessarily from the shot itself.

Since the rollout, 16 people have received moderate injuries from a taser. Operations national manager Superintendent Barry Taylor says these are usually grazes as a result of the person falling to the ground.

Mr Taylor says the highest number of times a person has been fired at is five. There have been a handful of injuries resulting in hospital treatment, but the most serious was a possible broken nose.