Spit Hoods

Meeting:

Mayor's Question Time

Date:

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Reference:

Question 2018/1384

Main question

Susan Hall

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

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.