Spit Hoods

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You previously called for “public engagement” before spit hoods were rolled out and yet last month it was announced that spit hoods will be introduced in London. What public engagement or consultations took place before it was decided that spit hoods would be introduced in London?  Who took the final decision to agree to their roll out?


Answer for Spit Hoods

Answer for Spit Hoods

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There has been no decision at this stage to roll out the use of spit guards. 

A three month pilot is currently taking place in five custody suites in north east London. The MPS has a duty of care to both the public and its officers and to this end, from 9 November to 5 December 2016, the MPS undertook further consultation on a pilot of the use of spit guards in a limited number of custody suites in north east London.

This included consultation and feedback from local authority leaders and chief executive officers, independent custody visitors and advisory groups, as well as GLA members and Members of Parliament.

A number of other organisations have also been invited to provide their views on the use of spit guards, including the Children's Commissioner, Liberty, Amnesty and the Children's Rights Alliance.

The feedback from the consultation and engagement, together with the pilot, will provide further evidence on the effectiveness of the tactic, which will inform any future decision to roll it out.