Edged Weapons and Safely Escorting Prisoners, 7 Guidelines to Ensure Your Safety

1) Because some people who illegally carry a knife or bladed weapon often carry more than one hidden in different places on their body, any individual who has been restrained after being involved in a bladed weapon incident needs to be systematically and “carefully” searched. Be careful never to suffer a dangerous “needle stick” injury by hidden syringes which may be infected by blood borne disease.

2) Be sure that the individual is firmly restrained and is unable to exchange his own weapons with improvised weapons that are lying around. (Ashtrays, drinking cups, bottles, pens, pencils, or anything that is in arms reach that can be used against you or people around you in a violent fashion.

3) If it is necessary to escorts in karachi transport someone inside a venue or on the street past any members of the public, avoid doing it without an associate unless it is absolutely essential. A lot of members among the armed gang culture who may still be in the immediate vicinity could also be carrying bladed and edged weapons and might come to their friend’s help, given the opportunity.

4) If the person is especially violent and is likely to have similarly violent friends in the immediate vicinity, unless it is totally essential wait to move the person until enough back up is present and preferably wait for the police force to arrive.

5) Be mindful of the fact that some people may be under the influence of drugs or affected by a psychological issues. Whilst you should apply the appropriate methods of restraint consistent with assignment instructions and legal privileges of the individual, don’t present them with any opportunity to renew an assault upon you or others with an improvised weapon or potentially dangerous item which may be accidentally left in their reach.

6) Determine the potential risks to yourself or the person before starting the escort and should violent confrontation develop during the escort, act upon it instantly and safely using restraining methods that are permitted by state or federal laws and regulations. Remember that once you have apprehended them they’re under your duty of care.

7) Acceptable Use of Force.

The concept of use of force in a knife attack is rather clear-cut, with some exceptions. Security officers could be punished in the courts for using excessive force when managing offenders where their physical response is not appropriate to the amount of danger that the offender is presenting in the course of the incident.

The security officer is very often using a totally different mindset to an offender and will engage in a violent encounter with a different set of objectives. It is also true that offenders have a distinct psychological advantage over security officers by virtue of the fact that they have frequently already formed an attack mindset before the security guard is aware that trouble is on the horizon. Although security officers always need to be thinking of the legal ramifications of their actions in response to an confrontation, a bladed weapon attack leaves no scope for this kind of divided thinking, as fatal consequences may occur as the result of indecision to defend oneself instantly. The offender will not be constrained by this kind of reasoning as the very nature of a knife attack is a cruel and possibly deadly act. For that reason, professional security officers need to be particularly alert and both physically and psychologically prepared for such potentially deadly armed attacks. You will need to keep in mind that as a security officer it is not your role to punish offenders, but a knife or bladed weapon confrontation should be treated with the utmost gravity. Protecting yourself legally before a situation turns violent is in some ways as significant as not being harmed during an actual encounter.

Iza Scott has 35 years experience in the Martial Arts and Security Industry.


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