trial of 'spit hoods'

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0238
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Did you agree to the Met carrying out the three-month trial for the use of "spit hoods"?

Answer

Answer for trial of 'spit hoods'

Answer for trial of 'spit hoods'

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Spit guards are a nationally approved tactical option and were introduced to the National Personal Safety Manual in 2006, which is maintained by the National Police Chiefs Council. 

The MPS must balance its duty of care to the public against that for their officers, and I have sought to ensure the MPS is transparent about its plans and effectively pilots the use of spit guards before any roll out is considered.