Spit hoods - 138/17
Dated: 24 Feb 2017
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 6 February 2017 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
I am seeking details of protective equipment or devices available for use by officers/staff in your police force to deal with the risk caused by members of the public or detainees spitting.
I am interested both in equipment that may be used on a detainee (such as a spit hood) and equipment made available to officers such as masks or visors.
It would be helpful if you could state whether the equipment is available to all officers/staff or only in certain roles (for example in a custody setting).
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Custody Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police. We do not have such protective equipment or devices available for use by officers/staff to deal with the risk caused by members of the public or detainees spitting.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.