The West Yorkshire Police Federation has lead calls for Spit Guard to be rolled out to police officers on the front line.
Nick Smart West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman has echoed the calls and firmly believes that ‘all front line police officers” should be issues with spit guards.
Nick Smart has been spending some time at Parliament talking to MPs about assaults on Police Officers and the key importance that spit guard has in relation to officer safety.
MP Holly Lynch is introducing a 10-minute Bill to Parliament next week that aims to increase the maximum custodial sentences for assaults on police officers next week.
As part of that work, Nick spoke to some 35 MPs from across England and Wales today to highlight why we need to #ProtectTheProtectors.
Nick said: “When you look at the current assault levels in West Yorkshire Police, 26% are down to spitting – the data doesn’t lie, there is a need for spit guards. Currently, there is no deterrent.
“We are working with the sentencing council to address the deterrent but in the interim period, it’s a health and safety issue. Give officers the equipment they need to do the job. Give officers spit guards so they have a defence when people start spitting at them.”
The last available figures on officer assaults showed 23,394 officers were attacked in 2014/15 in England and Wales – the equivalent of 64 a day.
Nick was joined in Parliament by West Yorkshire officer PC Dan McLaughlin, who told MPs about his experience of being assaulted.
Attendees at the event included MP Tracy Brabin, who tried on a Spit Guard as part of her research.