Page 304 - Week 01 - Thursday, 16 February 2006

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Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Audits are not used to gauge that the level of service provided matches the need of individual clients.

Service provision to each client of Disability ACT Individual Support Service (ISS) is provided on an individually determined basis. The process to identify individual need and monitor the efficacy of the support plan occurs through the Individual Planning process, in collaboration with the clients’ family and guardians.

(2) This information is reported annually in the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Service Annual Report.

Policing—taser gun trials
(Question No 818)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 14 December 2005:

(1) How long has the trial of Taser guns in the ACT been underway and when is it anticipated to end;

(2) Are there any preliminary findings; if so, can these be detailed without breaching any confidential information that ACT Policing may wish to remain classified;

(3) How many times have officers on duty utilised Taser guns in their possession, and on how many individuals were the Taser guns used;

(4) Have any injuries resulted as part of the trial; if so, what are they and were they previously documented side affects of Taser use.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The initial Taser trial commenced in December 2004. This trial was set to run for six months concluding in June 2005. Due to the lack of data available from that first six-month period, the trial was extended until December 2005. An evaluation report is being produced for the Operational Safety Committee. The Taser will remain as an approved Use of Force option available to Specialist Response and Security (SRS) post December 2005 whilst the Operational Safety Committee considers the evaluation report. This report is not anticipated to be complete prior to March 2006.

(2) There are no formal preliminary findings from the trial.

(3) Since the commencement of the trial the Taser has been carried by SRS Tactical Response members in excess of 350 times and has been 'used', as defined in Commissioner’s Order 3, on a total of seven occasions.

Of these seven 'uses' the Taser has been discharged on three occasions - once in the ‘dry stun’ mode and twice where the probes have been deployed. The other four occasions relate to the drawing and aiming, but not discharging, of the Taser.

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