Spit guards to be introduced for Avon and Somerset police as assaults double

PUBLISHED: 17:02 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:02 17 November 2017

Avon and Somerset Constabulary will introduce spit guards in January 2018.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary will introduce spit guards in January 2018.

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Avon and Somerset police have announced they will introduce spit guards in January 2018 as assaults against officers double.

It comes after the constabulary decided to support the proposed Assault on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill to highlight the number of assaults on officers - since April 2017, out of 487 recorded assaults against officers, 79 involved spitting.

Avon and Somerset will join 25 other forces across the country in deploying spit guards.

Spit guards will only be used by trained officers in situations where someone says they are going to spit, has attempted to spit or has already spat.

Vince Howard, chairman of Avon and Somerset Police Federation said: “This option affords those officers, who are increasingly subject to this abhorrent act, the opportunity to protect themselves from the risks of serious communicable diseases.”

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