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Spit Hoods and Child H

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That was quite an unexpected day! The IPCC published a summary of one of their investigations along with the recommendations they have made to Sussex Police following a series of serious incidents in which a young person was arrested or detained. Sussex Police have accepted that a total of 12 police officers misconducted themselves and have instigated either disciplinary procedures or have given management advice to those still in service – two have since retired.  The media coverage has been considerable, raising more questions for me than it answered.

It’s clear things went wrong: the Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex Police admitted as much on early morning radio and that has been repeated throughout the day. In addition to undertaking disciplinary procedures and giving advice where thought necessary, Sussex has stated they have reviewed policies and procedures, including around so-called spit hoods or spit guards, suggesting that there needs…

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