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Sunday 4 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C

# Tasers

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# Firearms
Gardaí report 47 incidents involving tasers and stun devices last year including one on a dog
A log of one incident in Cork in August said the person had injuries to their hands, arm, and face that had been self-inflicted.
# non lethal force
Gardaí used pepper spray more than 250 times so far this year
There have been eight instances of Taser use and one report of use of a firearm.
# FOI
Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period
The requirement was introduced by gardaí in 2010 to help GSOC gather evidence.
# Weapons effect
Police officers who carry Tasers are more likely to use force and be attacked
Members of specialist Garda units are trained in the use of Tasers but they’re not widely used here.
Voices
Frontline gardai need tasers and they need them now
The Garda Representative Association believes tasers can help gardai protect themselves, the public – and even offenders.
# thin blue line
'Our job is becoming too dangerous': Call for Tasers and bodycams as 12 gardaí a week injured on duty
The Garda Representative Association has said many assaults go unrecorded because officers carry on working afterwards.
# shoe horn
Police Taser man after reports of people being attacked at London mosque
The man was waving around an item, later found to be a shoe horn.
# London
1,800 extra police officers to carry Tasers amid increase in violent crime
Knife crime offences have risen by 24% in London in the last year, compared with 2015-2016.
# Your Say
Poll: Should all gardaí be armed with tasers?
Gardaí say it would combat the growing issue of members of the force being assaulted.
# Your Say
Poll: Should more gardaí be armed with taser guns?
Gardaí believe they could offer more protection but opponents say they are dangerous weapons.
# Raoul Moat
Taser fire at Raoul Moat was not approved
As thousands of tributes flow for gunman Moat, an inquest reveals police did not have approval for Tasers used.