The Public Services course have been looking at Police Power; arrest and search – part of this training involved the need and use for Personal Protective Equipment.
Widely employed by police departments around the world for the past three decades, body armour is credited with saving more than 4,000 active duty officers’ lives in the United States alone.
Unfortunately, police officers today confront a wide range of threats on a daily basis, including verbal and physical threats, as well attacks by assailants utilising knives, guns, syringes and improvised weapons such as bottles. Police officers must be on constant guard, with quality body armour ensuring their personal protection, whatever the situation.
The type of threat law enforcement officers typically face alters dramatically depending on their work environment. While gun and knife attacks are certainly more likely in a major urban area than in a small village, all police officers should be aware that they can face unexpected threats in any environment.
Police officers generally wear overt body armour in black or highly visible colours, making them noticeable in a crowd and serving as a deterrent to potential violence. In certain cases, plain clothes or undercover officers will find covert bullet proof vests necessary, concealing the fact that they are wearing body armour.
Our Learners were given the opportunity to use some of the equipment whilst role-playing arrest and search procedures.
Programme leader Paul Tonks said “ By far the ambition of the majority of our Public Service learners is to join the Police Service, today they have been looking at the powers and procedures that the Police adopt together with the need for their own protection. I would like to thanks SafeGuard Armour LTD who are a provider of protective equipment to a number of areas of the public services who have very generously donated items of protective equipment which has ensured a better learning experience for our learners.”