Spit hoods trial (2)

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Since the beginning of the trial, how many people have had spit hoods used on them outside of a custody suite? Please provide a breakdown of whether the person was a) in police custody b) detained in public c) detained on police property (not in a custody suite), or d) any other circumstances?


Answer for Spit hoods trial (2)

Answer for Spit hoods trial (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) does not use spit guards outside of the custody suites.

The original MPS trial of spit guards in custody suites lasted 3 months and recorded only 13 instances of use. The extension of the trial to all custody suites has seen the total usage rise to 58 as of 3 August.

The extended trial is ongoing with progress being reported to my Deputy Mayor.