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# Spit Hoods

Rachael Venables made this Freedom of Information request to Lancashire Constabulary as part of a batch sent to 47 authorities

• Rachael Venables
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Rachael Venables

Dear Lancashire Constabulary,

1. What is your forces' policy on using spit guards or hoods. If you do use them - what was the first date of their implementation?

2. How many times have you recorded spit guards or hoods being used?
- Please divide the data by the individual's age, gender and ethnicity. If possible, can you also include in how many cases the individual had either known, or suspected, mental health problems?

3. If this is possible, please include the full list of complaints made against the police involving the use of spit hoods (including details).

If you are unable to proceed with all of the above, due either to the information not being held, or the data exceeding your time limits, please provide the rest of the information.

I wish to be informed in writing whether you have such information and, if so, I seek the disclosure of that information. If the information is covered by any exemptions, please disclose such information as is not covered by the exemptions.

If you are considering charging for the disclosure of this information, please inform me before any work that would be liable to a charge is carried out.

Yours faithfully,

Rachael Venables

Information assurance unit, Lancashire Constabulary

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Compliance Team

Professional Standards Department

Information Compliance and Disclosure Section

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FOI, Lancashire Constabulary

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 544/19

Please find attached Lancashire Constabulary’s second response to your
recent request for information made under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Lancashire Constabulary.

Data Protection Office

Tel: 01772 413203

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