openPR Logo
Press release

Need For Stab Vests Identified Following Assault On Prison Officer

06-14-2012 11:04 PM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: PPSS Group

PPSS Covert Stab Proof Vest

PPSS Covert Stab Proof Vest

Prison officers in New Zealand are appalled with their Corrections Department for saying stab vests are available after another prison officer was attacked at Rimutaka Prison last week.

More than fifty prison officers have now contacted the Corrections Association in New Zealand, demanding stab proof vests or some sort of body armour, understanding that prisoners are volatile and unpredictable.

“I strongly believe we must understand better, and remind ourselves that we cannot change the aggressive behaviour of some prisoners” Robert Kaiser, CEO of UK based PPSS Group comments.

“There is simply no doubt that a prisoner consuming drugs, illegal substances or self made alcohol can become hostile and violent within a split of a second, regardless of the prison officers excellent communication skill and calm personality”.

“The ideas to create make shift weapons, e.g. sharpened table and bed frame legs, shanks made out of plastic, sharpened wood or pieces of mirror, and the idea of melting razor blades into tooth brushes and turning pens and pencils into weapon have not been developed out of 5 minutes of simple boredom. These ideas have been developed following hours and hours of malicious thought processes, and even the very best prison officer can one day be on the receiving end of such thought process”.

A recent publication of the American Correctional Officer once claimed that 33.5% of all assaults in prisons and jails are committed by inmates against prison officers.

According to official statistics obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform show that recorded assault incidents in prison in England and Wales have risen by 61 per cent between 2000 and 2009.

Based on this statistic prison officers at Hindley Young Offenders Institution, the largest child prison in Europe, are particularly affected with assaults on staff up by an astonishing 967 per cent.

We all will remember too well the outrageous attack on prison officers at the Frankland High Security Prison in March 2010, almost costing the lives of two prison officers, and have to accept the fact this is not a country specific problem, but rather a serious occupational hazard across all countries.

Robert Kaiser states: “The fact is that prison officers deal with some of the most dangerous, violent and unpredictable people in our society on a daily basis, and this is why I suggest they have the simple right to demand appropriate protection and the undivided attention and support from those charged with ensuring their welfare and personal safety”.

It is a rather interesting fact that a police officer who deals with dangerous criminal individuals for only a very few minutes every day is by law required to wear protective equipment… but the prison officer charged with supervising the same individual, potentially for a number of years, is not being issued with any type of protective clothing at all.

Robert Kaiser has been part of numerous discussions and consultancy meetings with prison and correctional facilities in several countries and fully understands all concerns: ”In every single of these meetings the ‘non-confrontational design’ question has always been the centre point of these sometimes very passionate discussions”.

“However, I always seem to come back to the same point, explaining that design and manufacturing capabilities have evolved so much over the past years. Concealable, thin and lightweight blunt trauma stab vests, extremely well suited for prison officers, are now available”.

It is without question, that covert stab vests and similar type of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will reduce the risk of workplace violence related injuries, and should this fact not be at least be worth starting an open minded discussion on the personal safety of prison officers?


PPSS Group is a UK based manufacturer of certified covert bullet proof vests, stab proof vests and the company behind Cut-Tex® PRO. This groundbreaking fabric is one of the world's strongest cut resistant fabrics and is now being used to manufacture cut resistant clothing for police, military, prisons and private security firms all over the world.

Robert Kaiser, CEO of PPSS Group is globally respected expert in body armour and known for his passion for personal protection and personal safety. He is frequently invited to speak in front of large audiences about the latest body armour developments within homeland security and domestic frontline services. He is acting as body armour consultant for a number of organisations, associations, unions and government departments.

Jonathan Sweeting
PPSS Group
Manse Lane
+44845 5193 953

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release Need For Stab Vests Identified Following Assault On Prison Officer here

News-ID: 225216 • Views: 2648

More Releases from PPSS Group

LONE WORKER SAFETY 2012 Is A Conference You Simply Cannot Afford To Miss
LONE WORKER SAFETY 2012 Conference & Exhibition, taking place on Tue, 27th November 2012 at the Olympia Conference Centre, is once again due exceed everyone’s expectations, according to their organiser PPSS Group. Just over one month to go, the UK’s most respected firms in lone worker safety technology, tracking, alarms, monitoring and training, have already confirmed their support and participation. “Our exhibition is now sold out, and there is no doubt in
Survived Prison Officer Craig Wylde Recommends Cut Resistant T-Shirt After Survi …
A prison officer, who has survived one of the most outrageous attacks on prison staff in the UK, is now recommending cut and slash resistant tops to help protect his colleagues. Craig Wylde, who was brutally assaulted at Frankland High Security Prison on 13th March 2010, strongly believes that the severity of his injury would have been significantly reduced if he would have been issued with cut and slash resistant t-shirts. Craig

More Releases for Covert

GPS Tracking Device Market by Type (Data loggers, Data pushers, Data pullers, an …
GPS tracking devices are used to obtain accurate, real-time location-based information about a child, an adult, a vehicle, or even some other type of asset that you may have. These devices are used to detect the vehicle or person, that use the global positioning system to determine and track its precise location, and hence that of its carrier, at intervals. The location of the moving vehicle or person can be
Overt Hepatic Encephalopath Market Size 2018; by Type Covert, Overt | Foremost P …
Overt Hepatic Encephalopath Market includes 115 pages, Full TOC, List of Tables, List of Figures and many of the features such as Report Prologue, Market Introduction, Research Methodology, Market Dynamics, Market Factor Analysis, and Global Overt Hepatic Encephalopath Market. - Worldwide Forecast up to 2027 The global overt hepatic encephalopathy market is showing the moderate growth; mainly due to increase in patient population suffering with cirrhosis disease. Moreover, increase in consumption
TRENDnet 4K PoE cameras with covert IR design and smart night vision technology …
INTERNATIONAL CES, LAS VEGAS & TORRANCE, Calif. – Jan. 9, 2018 -- TRENDnet® (, a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking and surveillance solutions, has added two new 4K UHD PoE surveillance cameras featuring a covert design and smart IR LEDs to its portfolio of network cameras. The two new models are the Indoor/Outdoor 8MP 4K H.265 WDR PoE IR Bullet Network Camera, model TV-IP318PI, and the Indoor/Outdoor
PodsystemM2M and Anytrek respond to growing trend in “strategic” cargo theft …
Cybercriminals are not limited to hackers on the web. Businesses lose more than US $55bn a year due to interruptions in the supply chain according to a report from BSI.* One of the biggest causes of this loss in revenue is cargo theft and criminals are becoming increasingly savvy at detecting and disabling tracking devices used to prevent this type of crime. New technology available to criminals makes these “strategic”
Covert Cameras Market by Manufacturers, Type, Application, Countries And Forecas …
The Market Research report "Global Covert Cameras Market 2016 Industry Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand, Analysis & Forecast to 2021" by QY Research Group is a market-oriented, technical, and commercial research analysis of the Covert Cameras market. The analysis is completed using a wide range of secondary sources, databases and directories in order to identify and assemble market data. Primary sources included for the analysis include preferred suppliers, industry experts from
Wideband Covert Antenna for GPS Tracking covers more wireless applications
Schiller Park, IL, May 24, 2010 – Mobile Mark has recently introduced a Wideband Covert Antenna for GPS Tracking designed to cover more wireless applications. This two-cable antenna combines two applications at a time: GPS on one cable and any one of several wireless data applications on the other cable. The CVW Series Wideband Covert Antennas stands out from other Mobile Mark Covert Antenna Series in that it