Passive and Active Protection Tools
Here is an interesting tool offered by a company called Rheinmetallbased in Germany. Deployment of these types of solutions requires a thorough understanding of laws or regulations governing there use within a given area.
I am a supporter of any tools that will allow us to keep our principal client out harm’s way or that will allow us to remove them from unsafe locations (get them off the X). Often misunderstood in the Close Protection industry, our job is to not necessarily confront would-be attackers but to avoid them all together. Other tools that are used by Close Protection Practitioners include, pepper spray, stun guns and numerous close-in defensive mechanisms that are considered “less-than-lethal”.
Of course our goal is to avoid the use of any kind of force in the protection of others but not so often the Close Protection Practitioner will find him or herself in a situation that could not be avoided through passive methodologies and will have to resort to some level of force. It is in our opinion that governments often will restrict the ability of personal protection through making tools in the progression of force illegal, often due to lack of knowledge or understanding. An easy example of this would be in New York State, here the progression of force for a security officer or private person is restricted to close-quarter combat techniques, pepper spray (in restricted density) and then finally deadly force. Other tools available in one’s defense in other states would also include (impact weapons) batons, expandable batons, (electric dart guns) Taser guns and the alike. Illegal or dangerous weapons, as they are referred to, can be found in NYS PL Article 265, definitions of illegal weapons.
So, as may be seen, the restriction of certain defensive weapons can prohibit the individual choices we have when defending ourselves and can increase the speed of the use-of-force progression rapidly, from minimal less-than-lethal defenses to immediate use of lethal force, should the situation meet the requirement of lethal force. Found here in the NYS Penal Article 35, Justification of Force.
Knowing the restrictions found within the laws of your location are important and will require you to make proper decisions in your defense through physical and passive means.
Bill Peeler is the Founder and President/CEO of Peeler Group International.