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Is security work dangerous?

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, In : Skills For Security 
Is security work dangerous? it depends on the type of security work you do and where you do it. Covering security at a quiet office out of hours is going to relatively risk free unless you make things hard for yourself. Like setting off alarms or sleeping through your shift. The other end of the spectrum is working in Afghanistan or Iraq where there is a risk of being shot or blown up. With any type of security work it can be as hard or as easy as you make it. For instance working in a bar or...
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Protecting yourself and others from assault

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Friday, April 27, 2018, In : Skills For Security 
Open Palms

When people are in a highly emotional state the way we say things, such as the use tone and facial expressions, can have more impact than the words themselves.

Be aware of your exits. Also be aware that if you block the other person's exit you will impact on their 'fight' option - they may be more inclined to fight.


No matter how negative you may feel towards the other person, show positive signals that emphasise your willingness to help and find a solution to the pr...
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Good practice following Physical Interventions

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Friday, March 16, 2018, In : Skills For Security 
Accessing help and support

There is always a potential for physical and psychological harm to staff and the individuals they are dealing with following an incident where force has been used. It is important where practicable to observe for adverse reactions including changes in well being, mood and behaviour that can occur immediately following an incident, or even days and weeks later.

Types of support mechanisms

  • Support from colleagues, friends and family
  • Line management support
  • Employee support...

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Reducing the risks relating to the use of physical intervention

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, In : Skills For Security 
The Least Forceful Intervention - the most appropriate physical intervention employs the least force and potential to cause injury to the individual in achieving the legitimate objective.

Communication - it is extremely important to maintain clear and ongoing communication between security staff involved and between security staff and the individual during and following restraint.

Monitoring - continuously check the well being of the restrained individual for adverse reactions is vital - their ...
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Individual Factors That Can Increase Risk.

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, In : Skills For Security 
Individuals can die during restraint, or simply through heart failure due to the nature and duration of the restraint, the excitement, exhaustion and stress induced and other contributory factors.

Such as:

  • The relative size, build, weight, age and physical health of the individual will impact on the potential for complications to occur. Obesity presents increased risk in horizontal restraints. 
  • Individuals with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues are often vulnerable and may be con...

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Risk Factors In The Use Of Physical Interventions

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Saturday, November 19, 2016, In : Skills For Security 
Techniques which should be avoided

Any physical intervention and particularly forceful restraint can lead to medical complications, sudden death or permanent disability, especially where situational and individual risk factors are present.

  • Strikes and kicks - Any strike must be recognised as a high-risk technique; whether it is a punch, kick, use of the knee, head or elbow, damage is likely to be sustained and can result in falls with devastating consequences.

  • Interventions involving the neck, s...

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Reducing The Risk Of Harm When Physical Interventions Are Used

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Monday, October 24, 2016, In : Skills For Security 
Dynamically assessing the risk of assault

You may have already seen the process of dynamic risk assessment using your Door Supervision Training. This can be applied to reduce the risk of assault in a situation.

1. Step back - Don't rush into an intervention - is it really necessary? If you have to account for your actions, then you need to be able to show a clear justification for how you approached the situation.

2. Assess threat and risks of harm to staff and to others through a decision to us...
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Legal And Professional Implications Of Using Physical Interventions

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Saturday, September 17, 2016, In : Skills For Security 
There are various definitions surrounding physical intervention and the following should provide a helpful guide.

Physical Interventions

A Physical Intervention is the use of direct or indirect force, through bodily, physical or mechanical means, to limit another person's movement.

A Defensive physical intervention is a skill used to protect oneself (or another person) from assault.

Non-restrictive and restrictive interventions

Physical interventions can be further broken down into:

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Positive Alternatives To Physical Intervention

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, In : Skills For Security 
The use of physical intervention can increase risk to everyone who might be involved. For this reason every effort should be made to reduce the need for physical intervention. The goal is to reduce the need for physical intervention - not just to teach safer interventions.

Security staff should have some training in the knowledge and skills required to avoid or reduce the risk of conflict and calm a situation which is escalating. In this section I'll briefly review these vital primary and seco...
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The Skills Of A Door Supervisor

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Saturday, April 2, 2016, In : Skills For Security 

It takes a certain kind of person to work as a doorman. In my time I've seen them all, so-called big hard men who go missing when a bad incident occurs. Cocky younger doormen who have plenty of verbal but can't back it up, not forgetting the odd psycho who wants to fight anyone. I remember my first night as a doorman, working at a nightclub for someone. I was put with a tough old bloke, one of the old-school doormen, who acted first and thought about it later. I got rather a lot of exercise w...

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Maintaining knowledge and skills

Posted by Spartan 24 Hour Security on Monday, December 22, 2014, In : Skills For Security 
Physical skills can erode over time placing a Door Supervisor and others at risk. It is therefore important that Door Supervisors frequently and safely practice their skills to keep them fresh and accurate. This will at certain points include formal training and recertification events, where a Door Supervisors competency in the skills will be assessed by a certified trainer. The frequency and approach to both work based practice and formal recertification events will be in line with the role,...
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