Ask CCRM: Defense Tools for Security Personnel

March 20, 2012 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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A Continuing Care Risk Management (CCRM) member recently asked for guidance regarding security personnel carrying defense tools, such as pepper spray, handcuffs, and ASP batons. CCRM’s response focuses on the use of defense tools rather than items that are primarily designed for use as weapons.

Security officers should be trained in the use of all equipment that they carry. The decision of what defense tools are appropriate for security officers to carry should be determined by a security assessment of the particular facility, local crime statistics, and other factors as deemed necessary (IAHSS). Many security training agencies offer training and certification in the use of specific types of defense tools and in...

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