Slash Resistant Clothing – Strongly Recommended By Assaulted Prison Officer

Slash resistant sweaters, shirts and other style of garments have become more and more a target of interest to those charged with the personal safety of prison and correctional officers all over the world.  The following explains where and when the idea of developing such personal protective equipment (PPE) was born.

PPSS Slash Resistant Homeland Security Base Layer... designed to offer concealable and effective protection to key arteries!

PPSS Slash Resistant Homeland Security Base Layer… designed to offer concealable and effective protection to key arteries!

On 8th June 2012 I had the genuine pleasure to meet proud ex-infantry soldier turned prison officer ( and now very close friend of mine) Craig Wylde the first time… just two years following the horrific assault on him by full time criminal and triple murderer Kevan Thakrar.

The above attack involving Craig took place on 13th March 2010 at Frankland High Security Prison here in the UK, and left him fighting for his life, after he and two colleagues were brutally assaulted by the above ‘idiot’.  Craig was left with a severed artery in his left arm after the incident, which has turned his life completely upside down.  I have spent a few hours with Craig and his wife in our first more ‘professional’ meeting, and had to witness immediately what an enormous impact this assault and subsequent injury had on this gorgeous young family’s day to day life.  It seems to be unbelievable, but nevertheless it is true, an ‘arm injury’ of this type can cause such immense level of distress, constant intense pain and test the strength of a family right to its core. Craig is currently reducing the amount of tablets he was taking in order to cope with all physical and psychological issues. The below image shows the open wound on the inside of his upper left arm, caused by a slash by Kevan Thakrar, using a broken bottle.

Craig Wylde’s cut/slash injury following the above attack in March 2010 at Frankland High Security Prison

Unfortunately it is a matter of fact that the personal safety and well-being of police officers is much more in the public eye, than the important service our prison officers do provide and the dangers these professionals face every single day.  Somehow this is a little understandable (but wrong), as the public is certainly more keen to see police officers patrolling their neighbourhood and giving them a certain sense of security.  Prison officers on the other hand a much more ‘out of sight’ end hence they do get forgotten a lot.  I don’t know, but can you see the general public discussing the safety of prison officers?  That’s a difficult one to imagine I guess.  But, don’t prison officers deserve at least the same support, attention and respect like other frontline public services?

Mt friend’s genuine desire to improve the personal safety of his colleagues has so far fallen on ‘not very perceptive ears’. Nothing  worthwhile reporting about has been done to make a difference to the safety of these professionals.  Yes, glass bottles have been removed from most prison facilities.. but you will be fully are aware of the fact that sharpened table/bed frame legs, ceramic pieces (broken off from hand basins), razor blades melted into tooth brushes and similar edged weapon are much more ‘popular’ than glass bottles?

PPSS Cut & Slash Resistant T-Shirts

Following the above assault at Frankland High Security Prison in 2010, we have developed several ‘low-profile’ protective garments made out of our very own cut and slash resistant fabric Cut-Tex® PRO!

I am talking about 100% concealable slash resistant tops that can be worn underneath a prison/correctional officer’s shirt, in order to reduce the risk of slash related injuries, rapid blood loss and the risk of the potential subsequent death of an officer.

PPE in general is not about ELIMINATING the risk of workplace violence related injuries… it is all about REDUCING THE RISK within an environment where a risk has been identified! So in this instance let’s all be honest for a minute or so, and ask ourselves the question:

Is there a risk of assaults on prison officers within high security prisons and correctional facilities?  YES, there is!

Is the risk high enough to warrant the general issue of some type of basic PPE? Yes, I genuinely believe so!

It’s very very similar to us wearing a seat belt in our car.  We don’t use a seat belt today because we know for sure we have an accident today. Neither do we use a seat belt because we are scared or paranoid, worrying that we might have a crash today.  No, not at all!  The reason why we wear a seat belt is that we do understand that we have a much higher chance of survival in case someone is drunk, plays on his mobile phone or is otherwise distracted and crashes into our car, despite our own great driving skills we might even be able to claim.

The seatbelt is ‘unlikely’ to save our lives if the other person hits us front on with a speed of 10,000 miles in hour.  However, it will ensure we survive the vast majority of all potential accidents… it is about REDUCING THE RISK!

Now back to the above question.  How much do we really care about others?  If my child is sitting on the back seat of my car I will make sure it is wearing a seat belt.  If any of my loved ones is sitting in my car I will also make sure they are wearing a seat belt.  If other people, in other cars, in other countries and on other planets decide they don’t like seat belts… that is their personal choice and I do not care!  But I must say I do have an issue with decision makers ‘not allowing’ their colleagues to wear a seat belt or in this case any type of PPE!

So… how much do we care about the personal safety of prison and correctional officers, and are we willing to make a difference?

Based on Craig’s opinion and our own operational understanding, based on personal comments we have received from dozens of his colleagues from around the world, and based on my (and my colleagues) many years of operational frontline experience within law enforcement and high risk security operations, we ALL feel that high performance slash resistant t-shirts could be a real sensible option and solution, which makes unquestionable operational sense and would not restrict the wearers movement or restrict him in his duties. We are genuinely convinced that the severity of the injury would have been significantly reduced if Craig and other officers during other attacks in other prisons in other countries around the world would have been issued with such slash resistant t-shirt.

Please have a look at this:

Would such slash resistant t-shirts or tops eliminate the risk of workplace violence related injuries?  No, it will not!

Will they reduce the risk of workplace violence related injuries?  Yes, this is 100% guaranteed!

PPSS Slash Resistant Clothingis made out of 100% Cut-Tex® PRO (a highly acclaimed hi-tech fabric) and is already being worn by hundreds of homeland security professionals around the world.  It has been tested to European, International and American cut resistance standards and offers previously unmatched cut, tear and abrasion resistance too.

Based on the particular product and garment design it is able to shield the following:

Cut-Tex PRO cut resistant fabric

I would like to invite you to re-look into what can be done, and what you are willing to do, in order to improve the personal safety of these professionals.

I fully understand we have to ensure they do not look confrontational, aggressive or authoritative, and I also understand that we live in a world where access to financial resources is restricted.

However, what has happened to my friend has now happened.  We cannot turn back the time.  But what we all feel so strongly about is that SOMETHING must happen, otherwise we will sooner rather than later look at another fatality within this sector, which could be prevented by the issuing of the right type of PPE.

The fact of the matter is (as sad as it might be)… widely available statistics will tell us that it is unfortunately only a matter of time until another prison or correctional officer will be attacked, beaten, punched, kicked or stabbed (as much as we all will hate this fact).  The statistics can of course not give us the name of the next person who will become part of this statistic… so our responsibility must be to ensure it is a) not our name, and b) not the name of our colleagues and employees. However, there is no question about it… it will happen. What will we/you have done in order to reduce that risk?

Please note we are also more than happy to offer our Cut-Tex PRO cut/slash resistant fabric to the manufacturer of your current uniforms or tactical gear or coveralls. This would enable them to incorporate this high performance material into your current uniform, especially vulnerable areas that really require such level of protection.  This would effectively help protect your colleagues from potentially horrendous cut injuries.

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15 comments on “Slash Resistant Clothing – Strongly Recommended By Assaulted Prison Officer

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  2. Kath smith on said:

    Fantastic product which should be available to all prison officers, police and security officers. It can prevent needless injuries. The government spends too much money on the prisoners it’s about time priority was given to the officers looking after them ensuring their safety. I have seen first hand how my daughter Kat and son in law Craig have suffered and will continue to suffer because specialized PPE was not available to him on that fateful day 13th March 2010. Kath Smith

    • Robert Kaiser on said:

      Hi Kath
      Thank you also for your comment… I am sure one day we are going to meet. Look after yourself. Robert

  3. Sean McCabe on said:

    You hit the nail on the head about Prison Officers being out of public sight.

    The Powers that be do not care about the safety of Prison Officers.

    Ensuring convicted criminals get out of their cells to play pool, make telephone calls and socialise are far more important to them.

    After thirteen years of being assaulted without any support what so ever by management I finally left the Prison Servicee in 2006 and have never looked back.

    It’s so sad to hear what happened to Craig. I worked with his sister and father at a neighbouring prison.

    The ruling by the judge although a disgrace did not surprise me. The judiciary system has lost touch with fairness and right and wrong.

    • Robert Kaiser on said:

      Sean… it is a genuine pleasure to hear from you. I 100% concur with everything you say… and there is no question… Craig will very much appreciate your comment!

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  7. Robert Kaiser on said:

    Sean… it is a genuine pleasure to hear from you. I 100% concur with everything you say… and there is no question… Craig will very much appreciate your comment!

  8. Andrew lamb on said:

    My brother in law Craig is still suffering from the effects of that horrendous incident and I have no doubt that the effects would have been almost none existant had he been wearing one of these protective vests. These should be issued as part of the uniform to all custodial staff to prevent further incidents like this from happening again and hopefully families will not have to go through what we have and are still. The government should put more money into protecting the staff who help to keep these criminals off the street and less into making there time in custody easier.

    • Robert Kaiser on said:

      Hi Andrew
      Good to hear from you too.
      Be assured we won’t rest until this job is done or until we have developed something that prison/corrections officers and their superiors deem as acceptable.
      Take good care
      Robert

  9. Ashley j on said:

    Is there anyway to get this in the USA? And where? My fiance just started working in the kitchen and inmates have knives all the time. I want to make sure he is protected as much as possible.

  10. Timothy Rigsby on said:

    In todays world with so many people either pulling a gun or are more likely to use a knife on people, clothing like this is adviceable for both men and women for everyday wear and especially when traveling.

    I would like to know where to buy for my wife and I and the cost.

    Thank you

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