Met officers still waiting for spit guard roll out
There’s still no full roll out of spit guards for Met officers.
That’s despite The Home Secretary’s pledge to pick up the issue with Met Commissioner Cressida Dick.
Sajid Javid told delegates at this year’s Police Federation of England and Wales Conference that he thought not using guards was ‘plainly ridiculous’ and that he would speak to Chief Constables, Commissioner Dick included, about their use.
I can’t understand why any chief constable would put public perception before protecting police officers. I think it’s plainly ridiculous,” he said at the time.
“I will do everything in my power to make this come about. If that means mandating them maybe that is what I will do.”
However, nothing has changed.
In a statement published by Police Oracle, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said: “Spit and bite guards have been in use in all custody suites across the Met since July last year, following an initial pilot of their use in North East London.
“Discussions with partner organisations, community representatives and independent groups about how and where to implement them in the Met were undertaken at the time.
“We continue to monitor the use of spit and bite guards in the Met and will be pleased to discuss their use with the Home Secretary.”
Met Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh, who posed the question about spit guard use to the Home Secretary at the Conference, said the situation wasn’t good enough.
“I want to protect my colleagues,” he told the magazine.
“We need spit guards – the only way you’ll come into contact with one is after you’ve spat at one of my colleagues.”