Pepper Spray (PAVA) De-activant

L : Turnbull made this Freedom of Information request to Devon and Cornwall Police Authority

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Dear Devon and Cornwall Police Authority,
I understand from my ex police friends that the 'pepper' spray issued to D&C constables - PAVA - was chosen in part because it came with a de-activant which can be used to neutralise the effects of the spray.
Does Devon & Cornwall Police hold such a neutralising agent? Is it issued routinely to constables?
Is this de-activant available at a police station?

Yours faithfully,

L : Turnbull

Devon and Cornwall Police Authority

Dear L : Turnbull

Thank you for your email.

The Devon & Cornwall Police Authority does not hold the information you are requesting. With your permission, I can forward on your email to the Constabulary who may or may not hold this information.

Thanks

Eleanor

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Dear Devon and Cornwall Police Authority,
thank you very much for your prompt reply.
By all means pass this request on.

Yours faithfully,

L : Turnbull

Devon and Cornwall Police Authority

Dear L Turnbull,
 
I write in connection with your request for information which was
forwarded to this office today by the Devon & Cornwall Policy Authority,
the wording of which is as follows:
 
I understand from my ex police friends that the 'pepper' spray issued to
D&C constables - PAVA - was chosen in part because it came with a
de-activant which can be used to neutralise the effects of the spray.
Does Devon & Cornwall Police hold such a neutralising agent? Is it issued
routinely to constables?
Is this de-activant available at a police station?
 
Your request for information is not considered valid under section 8 of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as your questions are asking for ‘yes’
or ‘no’ answers rather than asking for the provision of recorded
information. The Freedom of Information Act is not to be used to obtain
answers to general enquiries. Such questions should be submitted to the
General Enquiries hatpeg at the following link or there is a website,
askthe.police.uk, which contains lots of answers to frequently asked
questions:
 
[1]http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/Cont...
 
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That notwithstanding, I have made some enquiries in order to assist you
and have established that Devon & Cornwall Constabulary do not hold such a
product. I have provided this information outside the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act and retain the right to refuse to provide such
answers in future.
 
Should you wish to know more about our policy on the use of Captor spray I
have copied a link to the relevant Force Policy and Procedure below.
 
[3]http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/Your...
 
I consider this to have fulfilled your enquiry and so will close this
request.
 
Should any of this be unclear or you would like advice on how to word your
next request please do not hesitate to contact this office.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Georgina Kemp
Assistant Freedom of Information Officer
Telephone: 01392 452839
Freedom of Information Unit,
Information Management Department,
Devon and Cornwall Police
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Our Unit publish the disclosures we make on our website. Why not have a
look and see if you are inspired to make a new request?
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Dear Devon and Cornwall Police Authority,
thank you very much for your courtesy.

Yours faithfully,

L : Turnbull

L : Turnbull left an annotation ()

A bit naughty, that - having a de-activant and not bothering to get it.
PAVA is a banned battlefield weapon yet can be used on civilians on the streets of Britain.

L. Turnbull