Spit hoods use in custody suites (5)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/19696
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

When officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have used spit hoods in custody suites have detainees ever been left unattended while wearing the spit hoods?

Answers

Spit hoods use in custody suites (5)

Spit hoods use in custody suites (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response. Please be advised that there may be some delay as the information also requires input from functional bodies.

Spit hoods use in custody suites (5)

Spit hoods use in custody suites (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No detainee should ever be left unattended and without supervision in a custody suite, unless safely secured in a cell, be they in a spit and bite guard or not. The MPS report that they have no recorded instances of this having occurred.

In terms of a spit and bite guard application, all persons, if deemed proportionate and necessary to apply spit and bite guard to reduce risk they present, will be subject to ongoing supervision.