FIGURES released in a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) show that police in Staffordshire use Tasers more often than anywhere else in the country.
There were 626 incidences last year, working out to 33 incidents per officer – the highest number of any force in England and Wales.
It should be noted that the 'use' of a Taser as recorded by the Home Office is not limited to just firing a Taser – it also includes a Taser being drawn, aimed, arced, put in 'drive-stun' mode and the use of the red dot as a target.
The report follows a review of complaints and incidents relating to Taser use from 2004 to 2013.
It recommends that as more officers are equipped with Tasers local forces should guard against them being overused.
IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts said: "In light of the significant increase in Taser use, it is important to ensure that the device is being used appropriately and not as a default choice where other tactical options, including communication, could be effective."