Prisoners or inmates, or those participating in any major riots or violent outburst by a crowd anywhere in a public space have one thing that allows them to be rather ‘creative’ when it comes to the selection of their weapons of choice: TIME!
They have plenty of time thinking about, and planning attacks on either each other (meaning rival gang members, or groups of individuals with opposed beliefs and opinions) or indeed prison or police officers.
The type of PPE and level of protection we at PPSS Group offer to those professionals who have to deal with prison riots, major incidents, public disorder, mass searches or other serious disturbances in a multitude of hostile environments, is based on the most likely types of assaults and weapons they face.
The types of weapons being used in these conflicts (in prisons and correctional facilities in particular) include knives or improvised man-made edged weapon, snooker queues, shanks made out of broken mirrors, glass or ceramic tiles, razor blades, sharpened bed or table frame legs (which will act as ‘syringes’ and drain your blood within a very short period of time), timber, socks filled with snooker balls, broken bottles, hypodermic needles and spikes (usually made utilising large nails or screwdrivers), fire extinguishers and rocks or bricks etc.
Some of you may well remember one of the worst prison riots in England for 25 years. More than 500 inmates took control of four wings at Birmingham Prison in December 2016. It all started when a prisoner jumped on to the safety netting, a guard came to negotiate but was threatened with a syringe filled with blood, then another inmate snatched his keys to the cells. Many of the above weapons were used during this widely reported incident.
One of the most challenging things these police and prison officers are called upon to do is control these large crowds of hostile or agitated individuals, often experiencing difficulties effectively managing sizes of crowds that far outnumber them. Their job responsibilities can vary dramatically (subject to location and type of disturbance) but can include the dispersion of a riot with tear gas, rubber bullets or water cannons, the identification of instigators of violence, and maintain security around specific locations, environments, facilities or installations.
For us to say PPSS Group’s new Stab Resistant Anti-Riot Suit is the appropriate type of PPE for you or your team we need to have unquestionable physical evidence in place that what we do is ‘right’ and ‘good’, and so we can clearly state: “Yes, we can assure you this body armour will protect you from the most realistic threats and risks you will face”.
The following video is our piece of ‘unquestionable physical evidence’, which in my world goes beyond a basic certification or ‘letter of compliance’ which will not identify the pain the wearer might experience when being assaulted by one of the nasty weapons highlighted above. This video has been produced to offer you peace of mind:
Our Stab Resistant Anti-Riot Suits are made out of a high performance polycarbonate. They offer a truly outstanding level of protection from blunt force trauma, as well as CAST and NIJ certified levels of protection from knives and hypodermic needles (a very realistic threat in today’s society).
Weighing just over 8.5kg (Size L) this is an ultra-lightweight piece of PPE and in comparison to most other anti-riot suits it will shield you from the vast majority of edged weapon you will ever come across and not restrict your movements or ability to move swiftly.
Should you ever have any questions in reference to stab resistant anti-riot suits, then simply comment below or contact my team, and they will respond in the strictest of confidence.
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