Spit Hoots A third of Police forces within the United Kingdom are using them to prevent offenders spitting or biting police officers. After the BBC claimed that spit hoods are degrading we asked our readers what they think!
17 Police forces across the UK are already using the mesh fabric spit hoods a sign that they are taking officer safety very seriously.
A cop once told Police Hour ‘They’d rather be punched in the face than spat at’.
The Police Federation both believe they should be issued as standard for officer safety.
Police Hour attended a lecture at the Emergency Services show held by Che Donald of the Police Federation and he said that “There can be serious health implications of being spat at, including uncertainty of infection from bodily fluids and the need to go on to anti-virals causing nausea and impacting on personal life.
“It is important that officers are given the right tools to ensure the public’s and their own safety when managing incidents.
“Spitting is a form of assault and officers have a right to go to work and expect to stay safe.”
Our Facebook Live voted in support of Police officers being able to use Spit Hoods, hundreds of comments were left in support of police officers and the possible health risks. Here is just a few reactions from the Police Hour Readers.
“They are degrading and you should have one placed upon you if spitting. They work well and prevent blood borne viruses and i think every officer should be able to use them if they deem suitable and justified”
Another commented simply saying “Don’t spit at the police and you won’t get a spit hood on”
One person commenting believing that every force should be able to use them saying “Every force should be able to use spit hoods, nothing more disgusting than being spat at, the scumbags don’t give a s&@t about what they do.”
Police Forces that are taken officer safety seriously are as follows.
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary
- Sussex Police
- Northamptonshire Police
- North Wales Police
- Cheshire Police
- British Transport Police
- Hertfordshire Constabulary
- West Yorkshire Police
- Norfolk Police
- Bedfordshire Police
- Suffolk Police
- Derbyshire Constabulary
- West Mercia Police
- Staffordshire Police
- Surrey Police
- Police Scotland
- Hampshire Constabulary
We need to see more police forces taking officer safety more seriously. After all if you did not spit at a police officer you would not have a hood placed over your head.