Spit Hoods

MQT on 2018-06-21
Session date: 
June 21, 2018
Question By: 
Susan Hall
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In relation to question 2018/1060, now that you have determined the spit hood pilot to be 'satisfactory', will spit hoods now be used on a permanent basis by the Metropolitan Police Service?


Answer for Spit Hoods

Answer for Spit Hoods

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Following the completion of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Spit and Bite Guards pilot the Commissioner has taken an operational decision to continue with their use in custody suites only.

The usage of these guards is reported under the National Use of Force Data, and is centrally monitored by T/Deputy Assistant Commissioner Twist, who as well as leading on this for the MPS, holds the national lead role for the National Police Chiefs Council.