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A POLICE force is using social media to gauge public reaction to the controversial use of spit hoods.
In what is thought to be a first for Durham Police, it is carrying out a Twitter poll on whether it should start using the guards which are used to protect officers.
The tweet says: “We would like your views on ‘Spit Hoods’ and the potential for these to be used within force.
“A ‘Spit Hood’ is a restraint device intended to prevent an arrested individual from spitting or biting.
“Do you agree or disagree?”
With two hours on the poll left, 93% of the 1,200plus voters were in favour.
One person replied: “I fully support the use of spit hoods as officers need protecting from this disgusting assault.”
Another said: “People who disagree with using these obviously haven’t been spat in the face by some dirty low life crook! Spitting is despicable! Hope the force starts using them to protect our officers.”
An investigation last year found a third of forces used the mesh hoods.
Critics say they are distressing and humiliating for suspects and can cause panic.
They say the masks make more it difficult for officers to tell if someone is struggling to breathe.
An inspector made the suggestion of using a Twitter poll and Durham Police agreed to try it.
A spokesman said: “We value views and feedback