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Spit Hoods (3036/19)


  1. What is your forces’ policy on using spit guards or hoods. If you do use them – what was the first date of their implementation?


  1. How many times have you recorded spit guards or hoods being used?

– Please divide the data by the individual’s age, gender and ethnicity. If possible, can you also include in how many cases the individual had either known, or suspected, mental health problems?


  1. If this is possible, please include the full list of complaints made against the police involving the use of spit hoods (including details).


Please find attached our response for questions 1 and 3 and for part of question 2,

Under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The information you requested for January – March 2018 is available on the following website:

Under section 22 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already scheduled to be released into the public domain. The information you requested for the remainder of question 2 is due to be made available on the above website:


The information is exempt by virtue of the Section 22 (1) (Information intended for future publication)

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure.

While release of this information may enhance public knowledge of this area, to respond to this request at this time would require the information to be retrieved and collated, and would involve a disproportionate use of resources. In. addition uncoordinated release of this information, especially without proper consultation with those involved is likely to cause mental anguish to the people involved and their families AND/OR before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.