Protection Provided by Riot Control Shields

Protection Provided by Riot Control Shields

1. Understanding riot control shields

Riot control shields are shields such as polycarbonate (reinforced plastic) or metal that are used for protection from knives, thrown objects, kicks, punches, etc. They are typically used by police, corrections and security personnel in a defensive manner when there is unrest or violent protests that threaten the safety of the public and officials.

While shields have been around for thousands of years, these (often) transparent shields became necessary and popular after the violent protests in Europe in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. They allow the operator to look through the shield in all directions without visual obstruction. This ability to scan for potential threats and bypass potential dangers is critical in unstable situations.

There are different kinds of riot control shield designs on the market. Each has its unique advantages and limitations. Therefore, it is up to each department or agency to choose the appropriate shield for the specific threat they need to protect against. In all situations, it is vital that the officer maintains control of the shield at all times.

2. What protection does a riot control shield provide?

Riot control shields are primarily designed to protect users from a variety of blunt weapons and projectiles. In a riot or melee situation, anything that comes close can be used as a weapon. Riot control shields can vary in thickness from 2 to 8 mm. Most are made of 4 to 6 mm thick polycarbonate. These shields help protect an area, control tensions, and help law enforcement push back crowds if needed. Given the dynamic nature of these events, the shield protects the user from a variety of throwing threats including chairs, rocks, bricks, bats, baseball bats and crowbars. In addition, they prevent punches, kicks, and spit.

Depending on the manufacturer, the shield may contain various other protections. Some are flame retardant, which protects them from heat and heat. Others have inherent protection against chemicals and biological substances such as blood, urine, and feces. To prevent contamination and infectious diseases, shields should be properly cleaned and disinfected according to departmental standard operating procedures and manufacturer's cleaning recommendations.

Like anything, riot control shields can be damaged and destroyed by excessive or repeated strikes. The edges of the shield are also susceptible to damage from drops. Riot control shields are not bulletproof. In such applications, ballistic shields are necessary. Most riot control shields are also ineffective at blocking arrows.

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