Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006
Because of a growing knife culture, staff at schools and colleges have been identified by the government as being in the front line and are affected by Sections 45 and 46 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 which came into effect on 31st May 2007.
The Act gives members of staff in schools and institutions within the further education sector the power to search students where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the student is in possession of certain bladed or sharply pointed articles, or offensive weapons. Sections 45 and 46 of the Act describe who may carry out the search, where it may be conducted and the extent of the search; the Sections say that ‘reasonable force’ may be used in order to conduct the search and gives a power to seize certain articles if they are found. A definition is given of a ‘member of staff’.
At Agar we have responded by offering expert training in safety and searching suspects. We will demonstrate and allow delegates to practice the quadrant searching technique that is used by the British police in order to prioritise the safety of their officers as well as the safety of the suspect. This part of our training is of a practical nature and we will demonstrate and practice the roles of the two persons who should always be present when a search is carried out as well as discussing and demonstrating the use of devices that will reduce or completely negate the need for any physical contact with the person being searched.
Reasonable Suspicion and Reasonable Force are referred to in the Violent Crime Reduction Act; these concepts have been tested in courts of law in almost every conceivable situation and are frequently the subject of litigation. We will use our vast experience to relate the decisions made in previous cases, which are now embodied in law, to the situations your staff are likely to encounter.
In some ways you are unique in that some of the powers given to you under the Violent Crime Reduction Act exceed those of the police. We will train delegates in the aspects of criminal law that will affect them before, during and after carrying out a search under the powers granted by the Act.
We will not encourage delegates to confront or tackle violence. Unlike many other companies who offer training in totally unrealistic methodologies which rely on extremely high levels of skill, strength and fitness, and on the application of pain to the subject, we recognise that your staff are not police officers and are not trained or equipped to confront or detain violent persons.
We will deliver training in conflict management. We will examine the well documented signs that indicate a person may become violent, and when it is better to walk away and to call for further assistance or to involve the police who will be equipped to deal with the situation.
We will train breakaway techniques that are realistic, simple and effective and are not designed to inflame the situation but are designed to reduce the chances of injury to everyone involved; remember 97% of all self-defence training offered is sports based our self-defence is based on real life. Our self-defence is 'defence' designed to keep your attacker away from you and to give you the opportunity to remove yourself from the situation not to give totally false expectations of your ability to engage an attacker who may be bigger and stronger than you. We will deliver training in the law with regard to the use of reasonable force in respect of defending yourself and others and discuss exit strategies.
At Agar Training Solutions our aim is to give you skills and strategies to make you and your staff safer and feel more secure in your workplace.
At Agar Training Solutions we have the expertise to deliver other specialised training that may be of interest to you
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