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Spit Guards - Federation Survey

Have you ever been spat at by a member of the public while on duty? Do you think Leicestershire Police should issue spit guards to police officers as part of PPE?

Most officers will have an opinion on this - and Leicestershire Police Federation wants to hear it.

The Federation has compiled a short survey and we urge ALL officers to take the time to take part, the survey is live from 17th February 2017 until 16th March 2017.

Leicestershire Police Federation chairman Tiff Lynch said: "I know from first-hand experience that being spat at or bitten is absolutely vile. The mental trauma while you wait to receive test results, which can take months, is agonising for the officers and their families.

"These despicable acts affect the duties the officer involved can perform while waiting for the results and this has a knock-on effect for the service we can provide to our communities.

"If officers were provided with spit protection to help prevent these incidents everyone would benefit."

Earlier this year, more than 14 police forces issued some form of spit protection to their officers.

We need to know what you think so that we are in a position to represent you accordingly when we discuss this issue with the Force. Personal information will NOT be shared unless you express your wishes for the Federation to make contact with you in Question 7.

The results of the survey WILL be used to:

1. Collect data on spitting incidents in the last 12 months.

2. Seek to establish if there is a disparity in recorded figures of spitting incidents to the actual number of incidents in the last 12 months.

3. Seek to establish if our members feel that spit guards should be issued as PPE.

4. Seek to establish if public perception should outweigh officer protection.

5. Seek to establish if officers know what health risks are posed to them should an offender spit at them.

What is a spit guard?

Also referred to as a hood, mask or mesh hood, a spit guard is:

"a restraint device that aims to prevent from someone spitting at or biting someone or something".

To take part in the survey, please click here http://hq95t032a/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=148716905551 - link only valid from a Force computer

Please note that your collar number is only required for potential duplication