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    Should Security Officers Carry Knives?

    I have been hearing this more and more lately. The simple answer is yes,
    but with limitations. Most security companies have written policies regarding
    their officers carrying knives. If your company says no, they feel that doing so
    increases their liability and they fear it endangers the officer and others if that
    knife were to end up in the wrong hands during a struggle.

    Lets look at the logic behind this issue:

    1) The likelihood of a SEO needing to use a knife as a defensive weapon is minimal.
    Besides, unless you have received countless hours of reputable combat knife training,
    then chances are the knife could be used against you or others.

    2) Now that we have shelved the defensive weapon concept, what's left?
    You will find a knife is more useful as a utility tool than a defensive
    weapon. Everything from cutting boxes, ropes, etc.

    3) Another equally important use is... rescue. A knife is a great tool
    if you come across an MVA and need to cut a seatbelt or two. Several
    popular knife manufacturers currently produce knives with rescue features
    like spring-loaded window punches, carbide tips, etc.

    What it really comes down to is, yes SEOs should carry a knife if their company
    permits them. I suggest looking into the rescue knives, or a simple 3-4 inch
    folding knife with a half-serated blade.
    "To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill." Sun-Tzu

  • #2
    I don't see any problem with it as long as the length and type of knife is legal. It's very common for other contractors to have them and there are plenty of them to be found in the break room or cafeteria. Besides, what s/o is crazy enough to "bring a knife to a gunfight" if they just intend to use it for defense?
    Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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    • #3
      my company policy states

      that I cannot carry any tool or weapon of any type that is not issued to me by the company. That includes knives, batons, mace and firearms. I know two people that I work with who carry one or the other, but I'm pretty new so I'd rather not lose my job over a 3" blade or Kubaton.

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      • #4
        No knives?

        I understand not carrying around a buck knife, but what about a 3" blade on a Leatherman Super Tool? I carry a Leatherman in my patrol bag and it almost always stays in the car. I'm pretty sure our company has no policy at all regarding knives. I'm sure if someone showed up to work with a sword on their belt they'd be sent home.
        10-8

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        • #5
          Just forgot to say...it's one of those things that you may not need more than once a month, but they're handy as hell to have when you need them.
          10-8

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ff000525
            that I cannot carry any tool or weapon of any type that is not issued to me by the company. That includes knives, batons, mace and firearms. I know two people that I work with who carry one or the other, but I'm pretty new so I'd rather not lose my job over a 3" blade or Kubaton.
            No knives or tools? I know that's what your company states. Next thing you know they will be banning Mag-lites and issuing rubber coated flashlights instead!

            If you read your handbook from cover-to-cover, you will probably be surprised at what else is prohibited. Basically, the company is protecting itself. Remember, a lot depends on how strict your supervisor wants to be. You could do everything perfect and still be fired if someone in the company or at the client site doesn't want you around. The positive thing is that companies like the one you work for are usually desperate for new guards.
            Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mr. Security
              No knives or tools? I know that's what your company states. Next thing you know they will be banning Mag-lites and issuing rubber coated flashlights instead!
              Like the LAPD
              10-8

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Taser
                Like the LAPD
                Heh. To me, its better to address the defensive application of an emergency weapon (knife, flashlight, radio, etc), then simply blanket prohibit them all.

                "A Flashlight is not a weapon." No, it isn't, but if its in the hand when under sudden assault, you will use it as such.

                The same goes with a utility folder.
                Some Kind of Commando Leader

                "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                • #9
                  According to some people

                  who have worked for this company for a while, even if you are at an armed account you still have to carry their issued .38. I'm not sure if that's true or not, considering its hersay. I checked the WI Dept of Reg. and Licensing website and looked at the list of all company armed personal in the area and lo and behold, it says .38 or S&W. A few guys have a blank in the weapon box, but I think the hersay may be true.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ff000525
                    who have worked for this company for a while, even if you are at an armed account you still have to carry their issued .38. I'm not sure if that's true or not, considering its hersay. I checked the WI Dept of Reg. and Licensing website and looked at the list of all company armed personal in the area and lo and behold, it says .38 or S&W. A few guys have a blank in the weapon box, but I think the hersay may be true.
                    There's a reason for that mentality. With only six shots, you will do less damage. The revolver, in untrained hands (Anything short of police training is untrained, according to law enforcement), is a high survivalbility weapon. It will not jam, and it does, the weapon is inoperable. It can be fired at any angle, any rotation, and still fire. It can be limp wristed.

                    The .38 caliber bullet has 100 years of case law behind it, showing that it is not "as powerful as the 9mm," and therefore, the company isn't trying to kill people, just stop them.

                    Oh, and my favorite about the revolver: Its cheap.
                    Some Kind of Commando Leader

                    "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
                      There's a reason for that mentality. With only six shots, you will do less damage.
                      This is why Barney Fife, if he were working in LE today, would still have a revolver.
                      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                      • #12
                        There are some LEO agencies that carry "wheel guns" because they have no 'new buy' money. When the FBI got rid of their S&Ws due to stovepiping, they were given to departments eagar to upgrade. They too ran into that problem and reverted back to the .38s.
                        I remember when I worked for a security company, they issued me a .38 and five rounds of ammunition. The hammer was to be placed over the empty chamber. The issued weapon was equipped with a hammer block and rebound slide, in other words, modern. Their policies had not been updated in close to 40 years.
                        Enjoy the day,
                        Bill

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                        • #13
                          First off on the knife issue. I am a fullt iem firefighter/ EMT and carry a knife everyday. My company i work for seucirty in has tried to tell me that i cant carry a knife. I have politely pointed out that i am a Trained and Certified rescuer who MUST by law act in a MVA or any other incident. Therefore i will carry my knife for rescue purposes. Once i brought that up they started to be lenant on not only my self but others carrying a knife. I also carry a Leather man on my belt. These are useful tools in many situations.

                          Now to the revoler issue. I feel that for security work a revolver is a joke. What if you have multiple subjects to engage. You have to manage the hell out of those six shoots. Plus that doesn't give you anything left over to keep a secure scene until the police arrive. You may think you are only engaging one guy but he may have partners. As for the .38 issue i think that is also bull. You should be able to carry what ever you can qualify with. In CA you can carry any gun as long as you qualify with the caliber. Revolvers were great when everyone had one. Now we are up against semi autos and autos. You simply can not prevail with a revolver. As far as training i feel Security officers should have at least 40 hours of fire arms training before qualifing, to include night fire and close quater fire. Claring a building should also be covered as you may need to before police get there based on the situation.
                          Thats just my opinion though.
                          Robert
                          Here endith the lesson

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Arff312
                            Now to the revoler issue. I feel that for security work a revolver is a joke. What if you have multiple subjects to engage.
                            In that case, you're probably dead anyhow.

                            Besides, it's good enough for US Marshall Matt Dillon and General Patton.
                            Last edited by Mr. Security; 01-21-2006, 09:25 AM.
                            Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mr. Security
                              In that case, you're probably dead anyhow.
                              Police Officers, as well as security guards and armed citizens, have survived multiple shooter situations. Some have even dominated those situations, surviving with little or no injury to themselves.

                              This, of course, is because those individuals sought training, practiced what they learned, and were of the correct "warrior mindset."

                              The idea, of course, is that if you too seek trianing, learn what was trained, and incorporate that training into your daily life (both at work and not at work, there is no turning off safety, only making yourself less obvious about it), you too may survive or even dominate whatever tactical situation you are presented with.
                              Some Kind of Commando Leader

                              "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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