Freedom of information request reference no: 01.FOI.19.002051

I note you seek access to the following information:

  1. Are student officers (recruits) routinely exposed to PAVA or equivalent during initial training?
  2. If Yes, are officers routinely exposed to PAVA or equivalent during refresher training?
  3. If exposed during refresher training, how often does this process get repeated?
  4. If the routine exposure to incapacitant sprays once formed part of your training procedures, but has since stopped, when did this practice stop?
  5. What was the rationale for the cessation of officers’ exposure to PAVA or equivalent during training?

Decision 

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full.

Please find below information pursuant to your request above.

Q1 - Are student officers (recruits) routinely exposed to PAVA or equivalent during initial training?
No. Although CS Spray may be offered (as the MPS still use CS not PAVA)

Q2 - If yes, are officers routinely exposed to PAVA or equivalent during refresher training?
No

Q3 - If exposed during refresher training, how often does this process get repeated?
Not applicable. Please see the MPS to Question 2.

Q4 - If the routine exposure to incapacitant sprays once formed part of your training procedures, but has since stopped, when did this practice stop?
CS Spray was offered as general exposure training during foundation training from 1996 when CS was first used in the MPS, and is ongoing until we transition to PAVA. Student officer training on PAVA has yet to be finalised, or start, as the MPS still carry CS.

Q5 - What was the rationale for the cessation of officers’ exposure to PAVA or equivalent during training?
This is not yet confirmed, as the MPS are still using CS.