Statement on Spithoods in Territory Watch Houses

NT Government

7 October 2022

Following a review into the use of spithoods in Northern Territory Watch Houses, a decision has been made to cease their use on youths in police custody.

While the use of spithoods in Territory Watch Houses is considered very low, this move brings us in line with other jurisdictions.

Spithoods will still remain available as an option for adults in custody, with NT Police to adopt a more contemporary and safe version of the spithood.

The safety and wellbeing of our Police is paramount, and all staff will still maintain access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of biohazard exposure.

In September this year, the NT Government increased the penalties for the disgusting act of spitting on frontline workers, with the offence to now be considered as an aggravated assault. The offence now carries sentences of up to 10 years in prison.

Northern Territory Government

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