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Spit Hoods (3994/19)


Does your police service use spit guards?

When were they approved for use and by whom?

Did your police service undertake any form of assessment of the spit guards prior to operational use. If yes, please provide copies of the assessment.

What is the brand and manufacturer of spit guard that is used?

On how many occasions in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 (to date) have spit guards been used on detainees?

Have there been any adverse occurrences to detainees when spit guards have been deployed in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 (to date)?

Please provide copies of any training materials used to train officers in the use of spit guards.


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached) I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.


Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

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