POA Circulars

69 | 09.06.2014

Use and provision of extendable batons

At the POA’s 75th Annual Conference the Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright announced that he intended to investigate the number of incidents where the use of an extendable baton may have assisted a member of staff in defending themselves, or prisoners within the Open Prison estate.

Whilst the Minister only made reference to the Open Prison estate the policy of the union is to ensure that all members, no matter where they work, have the right to carry an extendable baton as part of their uniform and/or PPE.

In order to assist the Executive to progress this matter through the Ministers office please forward the following information to Helen, secretary to the POA Security & Custody Whitley sub-committee via her e-mail address helen@poauk.org.uk all returns should be sent by Monday, 23rd June 2014.

  • Number of Incidents where a baton has been drawn by staff to defend themselves/prisoners in the last 12 months?
  • Number of Incidents where a baton would have been drawn by staff to defend themselves/prisoners in the last 12 months if one had been provided?

When responding to the above questions please provide a brief explanation of the incident and why staff believed it was necessary to use a baton or that a baton would have been of assistance

Please draw the contents of this circular to your members attention.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and co-operation to progress this important issue.

Yours sincerely


Andy Darken
Deputy General Secretary