PPSS Group CEO Robert Kaiser, Meets Former Prison Officer Craig Wylde
Written by: Robert Kaiser
In this rather personal video, PPSS Group’s CEO Robert Kaiser talks to his close friend Craig Wylde, ex-Infantry Soldier and former prison officer who was horrifically attacked at Frankland Prison in 2010.
On 13th March 2010, Craig had to deal with a prisoner with a control problem who had barricaded himself the night before. That morning, the inmate asked to see nurses and was particularly aggressive, so Craig had to restrain him. But the prisoner had concealed a broken bottle and stabbed Craig under his arm.
Thankfully Craig survived the attack but he’s had to leave his job and suffering long lasting and ongoing extreme pain from his injuries.
Since this incident, the British prison service removed all glass and ceramic plates, but apart from this and the installation of CCTV, nothing else has changed in six and a half years. Since then, no PPE, no stab resistant vests, not slash resistant clothing has been made available of introduced to frontline staff.
Craig believes that money should be spent providing prison officers with the correct protective equipment. It may not be a deterrent but Craig is certain that if he was wearing it on the day he was attacked, his injuries wouldn’t have been as severe and he may have returned to work.
Robert Kaiser explains his confusion:
“It is absolutely strange that police officers doing eight hour shift and only dealing with a criminal during an arrest for maybe 20-30 minutes (and usually backed up by several colleagues, K9s and choppers), HAVE TO wear body armour. But when this same criminal is handed over to the prison service, those prison officers charged at looking after this same criminal/prisoner, are not allowed or are told they shouldn’t wear body armour. ”
“Apparently, that’s because it’s perceived as making the officer look confrontational, aggressive, hostile or too authoritative.”
Robert Kaiser continues:
“The first body armour in the UK were introduced in the late 70s to London’s Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester Police… I am absolutely sure… I am most certain… violence towards police officers did not increase for that reason… so why do we believe prison officers would suffer from such increase due to their ‘new look’.
Craig Wylde described it as a false perception by the prison ministries, some governors and the public – who want these dangerous individuals to enter the prison system and for their threat to be decreased.
Despite many arguments from prison ministries against the issue of body armour, Craig is absolutely certain that there is a real necessity for staff to be issued with stab resistant vests and slash resistant clothing for their own safety, because it will ultimately save a life.
Robert Kaiser has written several expert opinion pieces and editorial for some of the world’s leading homeland security publication.
The ICPA (International Correctional and Prison Association) featured his written word in 2017, titled: “Time to take the personal safety of prison officers serious”: www.icpa.org/time-to-take-the-personal-safety-of-prison-officer-serious/
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