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September 03, 2011

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.

Full story: Australian cops face steep spike in spitting incidents

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