To find the correct body armour, just answer the following three questions.
1. Which Threats Are Your Staff Likely To Encounter?
Carry out a risk assessment taking into account the threats your staff may face. This means the threats that are found in your local area (consult with the police if possible) as well as the threats that are specific to their job.
- Are your staff at risk from knives and spikes?
- Is there also a risk from guns?
- Also consider the additional threats of blunt trauma and syringes.
2. Which Home Office Protection Level Is Required?
Home Office knife and spike protection explained:
KR1 (Knife Resistance Level 1) and SP1 (Spike Resistance Level 1) are the levels of stab and spike protection recommended by the Home Office for general police duties.
KR2 (Knife Resistance Level 2) and SP1 (Spike Resistance Level 2) are the levels of stab and spike protection recommended by the Home Office for more dangerous police duties, such as armed patrol in higher risk scenarios, for example patrolling at airports or escorting prisoners.
The different levels refer to the number of Joules of energy from a knife (KR) and the spike (SP) thrust that a vest can withstand, tested mechanically in Home Office laboratory conditions. Please contact us for further information.
Home Office handgun (ballistic) protection explained:
HG1 (Handgun Resistance Level 1) is the level of protection recommended by the Home Office for general police duties where handguns may be encountered. This protects from standard ammunition fired from short-barrelled handguns.
HG2 (Handgun Resistance Level 2) is the level of protection recommended by the Home Office for higher risk scenarios for tactical firearms teams, special forces operations and situations where submachine guns may be encountered. This protects against standard ammunition fired from long barrelled handguns, 9mm carbines and submachine guns.
Please note that NIJ IIIA and other NIJ standards are American standards which don’t apply to the UK market, which is registered by the Home Office HG, KR and SP standards.
3. Which Style Is Most Appropriate For Your Staff?
If you choose a style your staff are happy with, they are more likely to wear their armour for the maximum time they’re exposed to risks. Steps 1 and 2 are redundant if they hesistate to wear their vest because it’s inappropriate for their duties or because they have a strong objection to the way it looks.
We have covert and overt carriers in stock in all protection levels, please call us for details.
Once you have established the protection you need, we recommend you get samples of several styles to see which suite your staff best.