Corrections officers put their lives at risk every day – many are now requesting stab-proof vests.  One of the biggest dangers facing corrections officers is stabbing. Prisoners will fashion shivs out of just about anything that they can find. They use them to stab other prisoners and corrections officers. With so many inmates in one area at any given time, it could be very easy for the officer to get seriously hurt.

Stab-proof vests provide officers with the additional protection that they need to stay safe.

With diminishing budgeted funds, prisons often use grants to purchase items like stab-proof vests. Prisons must meet federal standards to use granted funds to purchase such vests. The federal government regulates durability standards

Stab-resistant vests are made differently than traditional bulletproof vests. Stab-resistant vests are made with a tighter weave to ensure that they’re spike and stab resistant. The blade cannot pass through the material.

The vests are lightweight to ensure that the officers are able to move quickly.  They must be able to turn on a dime and not feel restriction in any way. Corrections officers need to be able to lift their arms over their head without feeling the vest pinch their shoulders or arms. The material is also designed to allow the body to breathe while the vest is being worn. If the material wasn’t breathable, officers would find themselves becoming overheated.

Everyone must have their own vest while on the job. The vests need to fit each officer individually to provide maximum protection. If a change in weight occurs, a supervisor should be advised and the vest should be evaluated for proper fit. Each vest must fit each officer perfectly to give them the needed protection to survive an inmate attack.

Anthony McGrath has been a body armor and police equipment expert for 7 years. He writes and advises officers about ballistic and stab protection body armor.  He is currently an employee at the online body armor retailer.