Spit hoods trial (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3018
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) press release dated 6 June 2017 mentioned that there has been an extension of "the initial successful" spit hoods pilot across London custody suites. What was MPS/MOPAC's measurement of success when evaluating this trial? How many people have had spit hoods used on them in custody suites? Please provide a breakdown of the different age groups, gender and ethnicity (with ethnicity also broken down by gender).

Answer

Answer for Spit hoods trial (1)

Answer for Spit hoods trial (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As part of the initial pilot the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) carefully reviewed each case of the use of Spit and Bite guards.

Each case was found to be proportionate and necessary in use in preventing injury to officers. The MPS also believes that, in its operational experience, had the spit guards not been available additional physical force would have been needed to achieve the same effect. There were no complaints received about the use of the spit guards.

During the original pilot spit guards were deployed only 13 times. The extension to all custody suites will allow more data to be gathered, as shown below.

My Deputy Mayor has asked the Met to review the usage on a quarterly basis, to ensure there have been no adverse impacts during use; she will also seek feedback from Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs).

Total recorded data as of 3 August from all custody suites is provided in the table below.

Total usage 58

Female detainees 11

Male detainees 47

Black female detainees 8

Black male detainees 11

White female detainees 3

White male detainees 29

Asian male detainees 4

Middle Eastern male detainees 1

Non-White male detainees 1

Unknown male detainee 1

Age Groups

0 - 10   = 0

0 - 10   = 0

11 - 20 = 1 (aged 18)

11 - 20 = 3 (aged 15, 16, 20)

21 - 30 = 2

21 - 30 = 24

31 - 40 = 3

31 - 40 = 13

41 - 50 = 4

41 - 50 = 5

51 - 60 = 1

51 - 60 = 1

Unknown =1