Police: Protective Clothing

Home Office written question – answered on 7th April 2020.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what personal protective equipment they are giving to police officers enforcing restrictions on movement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

Public Health England (PHE) has issued guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the police and other front line responders, and it is an operational matter for forces to ensure officers and staff are able to access this equipment to keep themselves and the public safe. It is for officers to risk assess individual situations to determine what PPE should be used, if any, in line with PHE’s guidance.

We are working across Government to ensure that the police’s need for PPE is understood and considered as supplies are prioritised across the country.

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