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106 | 09.10.2018

PAVA spray Roll out

The announcement today by the Prisons Minister Rory Stewart that PAVA incapacitant spray will be rolled out in January 2019 to all frontline Prison Officers in the closed male estate is a massive success for the POA. It is due to your continued support, solidarity and unity that we have reached an agreement to equip staff with this vital piece of personal protective equipment. The protest action we staged on September 14th has yielded immediate results and the correct decision has been made in order to assist staff in quelling violence and to keep themselves and prisoners safe.

Further discussions on equipping staff in the juvenile and female estate will continue. Staff in the open estate will be issued PAVA during night patrol state. The POA will continue to lobby for the private sector to issue their staff with PAVA.

Thank you for your continued support.

For and on behalf of the NEC.

Yours sincerely


Mark Fairhurst
National Chair