Stab Resistant Vests have become an essential piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) for many frontline professionals.
With a noticeable increase of young people moving away from home and beginning life on campus, university security guards are absolutely essential in order to ensure the personal safety and protection of our students.
The question I would like to explore very briefly is why should University Guards be issued with stab resistant vests?
To start with it really is worth pointing out that assaults on university security officers do happen. It certainly is not anything I make up in order to boost our body armour sales. I think anyone who knows me a little will understand this.
For example…one security guard was stabbed several times whilst trying to apprehend three trouble making teenagers on the campus grounds of Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008. Following this event one security guard made a very serious comment when confirming concerns about equipment levels and said that it was as a result of a similar incident that stab resistant vests had been issued to security officers at Leeds University.” Yorkshire Evening Post, 3 October 2010.
On 9 February 2012 the Warrington Guardian highlighted an incident in which a university security guard found himself dealing with knife-wielding burglar Anthony Web who was subsequently send to prison.
On 28th April 2012 the Hull Daily Mail reported about two brothers who kicked and stamped on a security guard after he caught them breaking into a university building and also were subsequently send to prison.
We need to understand one of the main roles of a security guard is to question the presence of strangers within the university campus/complex and conduct night patrols. With most university towns also having an active night life the presence of intoxicated students is reality.
Their job is also to secure the buildings. Buildings that often harbour multi millions of pounds worth of technical and scientific equipment, which may well be of great interest to members of the criminal community, and I believe these individuals will be willing to ‘cross a few lines’ in order to avoid identification or arrest. They may not assault an university security guard with the direct intention to hurt or even kill… but with one clear goal in mind… their successful getaway!
For these reasons I think it is rather sensible to acknowledge that security guards patrolling university campuses put themselves at risk when going about their daily duties. This ‘higher risk level’ especially within some direct face to face interactions, usually justifies or requires dedicated conflict management training as well as personal protective equipment in the form of stab resistant vests offering also good levels of protection form blunt force trauma injuries. Blunt force trauma injuries are usually the result when being punched, kicked or when individuals hit you with a blunt object or throw things at you. This type of injury is a) more common than an edged weapon attack, and b) can just be as severe or damaging than an edged weapon attack.
Several University Security Managers have been enquiring as to the use of stab resistant vests within their line of work due and subsequently issued their frontline staff with such type of equipment. In my opinion they have done the right thing, they taken precautionary steps, rather than being reactive and waiting for an incident to happen and then having to deal with the operational, emotional and legal nightmare they may well face after such incident.
Due to a general increase in anti-social behaviour and lack of respect in today’s society PPSS Group have developed a new type of stab resistant vests for security guards, which protects the ribs, spine and all vital organs not only from knife and needle attacks but from blunt force trauma generated by a punch, kick or blow by a blunt instrument. Our equipment is of course certified by the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) and are available in covert, overt or hi viz overt models.
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