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188 | 09.10.2018

POA welcomes the roll out of PAVA spray

The POA have today welcomed the announcement by Prisons Minister Rory Stewart that PAVA incapacitant spray will be issued to all Prison Officers in the closed male estate from January 2019. Talks about issuing staff in the female and juvenile estate will continue. Agreement to issue to the closed estate during night state has already been agreed. The POA will continue to insist that the private sector introduce PAVA to their staff.

Reacting to the announcement POA National Chair Mark Fairhurst stated:

“The roll out of PAVA spray to frontline staff is a massive success for the POA and vindicates the actions of our members on 14 September 2018. When violence against staff is at an unprecedented level and we are expected to work in the most hostile and violent workplace in Western Europe, we naturally welcome the introduction of a vital resource to keep staff and prisoners safe. We are pleased that we have a Prisons Minister who is actively listening to our concerns”.


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