Australian cops face steep spike in spitting incidents

Officers who are spat on in the mouth, eyes or any lacerations are forced to undergo blood checks for saliva-borne diseases

By Christopher Knaus
Canberra Times

CANBERRA, Australia — Police face steep spike in spitting incidents Health fears for officers By Christopher Knaus Police Reporter Officers patrolling Civic late at night are regularly being spat on, in a growing trend that's raising health fears among the force.

Police were spat on 33 times during 2010-11 and 22 times the previous year. The vast majority of spitting incidents occur in the city, generally late at night.

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