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Question Without Notice No. 596 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 June 2020 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

POLICE — NONLETHAL USE-OF-FORCE OPTIONS

596. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to the introduction of nonlethal use-of-force options for Western Australia Police Force frontline officers.

(1) When were tasers first introduced and how many fatalities have been linked to the use of tasers?

(2) When was pepper spray first introduced and how many fatalities have been linked to the use of pepper spray?

(3) When was the current retractable baton introduced and how many fatalities have been linked to the use of this baton?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.

The Western Australia Police Force advises the following.

(1) In 2007 and there have been zero fatalities.

(2) In 1998 and there have been zero fatalities.

(3) In 1999 and there have been zero fatalities.