Sussex PCC to quiz Chief Constable about use of spit guards in Sussex


PCC Katy Bourne is to question the Chief Constable about Sussex Police’s use of controversial spit guards for detainees in custody. She will also be challenging him about how Sussex Police support rural communities and a recent report from the Police Federation of England and Wales which estimated that there are more than 6,600 assaults on police officers every day.

These are just some of the questions that the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne will put to Chief Constable Giles York at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM).

WHEN: Friday 24 February, 1pm

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Commenting ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bourne said: “The use of spit guards is a topic which generates much debate and one on which I regularly receive correspondence from members of the public, so I will be asking the Chief Constable how they are used in Sussex.

“I will also be seeking reassurance about how Sussex Police guarantee that they are used appropriately, and that police officers are accountable for their use and provided with adequate training.

“Additionally, following a recent meeting with local farmers to discuss rural policing, I will be asking the Chief Constable about how the force supports the large rural communities in Sussex and whether he is satisfied that they receive the same level of service as the urban areas of our county.

“I was shocked but not surprised to hear figures from the Police Federation of England and Wales last week that estimate there are more than 6,600 assaults on police officers every day.

“Police officers go out every day knowing they could be placing themselves in danger so it is vital that as a society we do everything we can to ensure officers are protected while they’re doing their jobs. Therefore I will be asking what measures Sussex Police are taking to reduce the risk of assaults on officers and how they support those officers who are assaulted.”
Other topics under discussion include payments to informants, the National Police Air Service and the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Notes for editors

For further information or interviews with the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner please contact Simon Ellery on 01273 335634 or email

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