Date lodged: 30 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-03484 by Michael Matheson on 27 October 2016, for what reason data on the use of spit hoods by Police Scotland is not routinely collected, monitored or evaluated, and whether it will direct Police Scotland to do so.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 25 April 2017
Any application of a spit hood must meet the Police Scotland criteria for use of force. Information about use of force within Police Scotland is collected, monitored and evaluated by Police Scotland’s National Operational Safety Training Unit.
Processes for monitoring use of force are operational matters for Police Scotland, under the oversight of the Scottish Police Authority. However, the Scottish Government understands that Police Scotland will soon be revising the way that use of force is recorded, to allow improved analysis of the use of spit hoods.