‘Spit guards’ used to prevent police and public from being hawked at

Spit guards are being rolled out by Herts Police
Spit guards are being rolled out by Herts Police
  • Breathable hoods issued to Herts Police officers to protect them from being spat at
  • ‘Spit guards’ will be put on any offenders threatening to hawk at officers or public
  • Kit is already being used by other forces
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‘Spit guards’ are being rolled out to police across Herts in a bid to protect officers from the vile and potentially dangerous act.

The spit guards take the form of light, see-through fabric hoods and are being issued at training sessions to all frontline officers and staff.

Spit guards are being rolled out by Herts Police

Spit guards are being rolled out by Herts Police

The force’s personal safety trainer Adam Hawes said: “Being spat at is one of the most disgusting things that can be experienced by the public, officers and staff and in some cases can be dangerous.

“These spit guards will only be put on a person who has been spitting at the public or officers or is threatening to spit.”

The spit guards are already in use in many other forces and are a safer alternative than the improvised use of an article of the spitter’s clothing or a custody blanket being placed around the offender’s face.

The guards are breathable, even when wet.

Being spat at is one of the most disgusting things that can be experienced by the public, officers and staff

Personal safety trainer Adam Hawes