I’m not an expert on Spit Hoods.
In fact, even as a serving officer, I was completely unaware of them until relatively recently.
If I’m honest – and this is very much a personal view – I think they look pretty alarming. And so do a lot of other people if the debate of the last couple of days is anything to go by.
I understand that. And I understand any desire on the part of the Mayor’s Office to seek a wider set of views.
But I also understand the strength of feeling expressed by many frontline officers about the issue.
I guess it’s important to try to understand what spit hoods are designed for – why on earth they might be required in the first place – and the exceptional circumstances in which they might be used.
I have been a police officer for twenty-four years and, in…
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