Safety Advice For Bail Agents

Safety Advice For Bail Agents

Bail Agents are in a line of work that certainly carries its risks. While there are definitely jobs that are more dangerous, Bail Agents need to always look out for their safety. Since a bail agent deals with alleged criminals of all sorts and posts the bail for them, there is certainly a risk, just like with all things money. As the bail agent posts the bail, the client is required to post a typically non- refundable fee that can be as high as ten percent. With the chance of the defendant never making it to his court date, the bail agent is at risk of losing the other 90% of the bail posted by him. That is why the collateral of the client plays an important role. In some cases it may depend on the possessions of a client whether a bail agent will post the bail or not. If the bail agent considers the risk of the defendant skipping bail as too high, while there is not enough collateral available to retrieve the money, the bail agent will likely turn away the potential client.

Since there is always a risk of not being able to retrieve all of the initial investment made by the bail agent, it is in his best interest to ensure that the client attends his trial so that the agent can retrieve his posted bail from the authorities. However, if a client would rather not attend the set court date and vanish, there will be a conflict of interest, one that both the agent and the defendant are aware of. This conflict of interest is mainly where the danger of being a bail agent stems from. Since the danger that different clients represent varies, different levels of protection are recommended for bail agents dealing with different types of clients.

The available protection

All body armor is different. Although different types may look similar to the eye of an inexperienced onlooker, different types of body armors fill different purposes. Not only are there different levels of protection, but also vests that are solely offering protection against a certain type of attack. Also, the size and other features of body armor make a significant difference and one that can be the deciding factor between safety and injury.

Body Armor for Ballistic threats

Depending on the client a bail agent is currently working with, ballistic protection may prove to be the most efficient type of protection. Ballistic protection means that the type of body armor in question is most effective against firearms of all sorts.

Body Armor for ballistic threats is separated into levels of protection. These so called NIJ Levels determine how much protection a vest is really able to provide.

Moderate Ballistic Threat

If a bail agent determines that his client is indeed a moderate ballistic threat, then a level II or IIIA vest will likely be the best choice. These levels of protection are sufficient for small to medium caliber handguns. The distinct advantage of level II body armor is that it is generally lighter and easier to conceal than a level IIIA vest. It enables the bail agent to wear the vest covert; that means underneath his clothing, without attracting much attention because of it. Level II body armor offers protection against 9mm rounds fired from handguns.

Level IIIA body armor is also a popular choice by bail agents who determine that the risk of being attacked with a firearm is moderate or maybe even high. These vests are typically larger than level II

vests and harder to conceal. On the other hand, they offer more protection against larger caliber rounds and rounds fired at higher velocities. A level IIIA vest will, for example, offer protection against 9mm rounds fired from a sub machine gun, as well as .44 Magnum rounds.

Body Armor for Edge Blade Threats

If, during the risk assessment, the bail agent determines that the client is most dangerous in regards to knives and other stabbing weapons, then an edge blade vest should be chosen. These offer much more protection against attacks from individuals with knives and other edge blade weapons. Just like with ballistic protection, different vests will offer a different amount of protection. The most chosen edge blade vests are level I and II. The main difference between these two levels is the force with which an individual can attack the vest, without being able to penetrate the vest and possibly cause injury to the wearer. Level II edge blade vests represent more protection in this case, although they may be a little larger and heavier.

The right choice matters

During the risk assessment, it is important that the bail agent correctly assesses the danger of the situation and the type of threat causing the danger. Whether it is a vest for Ballistic Protection, one for Edge Blade Protection, or for Spike protection, the right vest can save the life of the bail agent wearing the body armor.

This safety pack has been produced by body armor experts SafeGuard Clothing. SafeGuard manufacture body armor for the military, police and security companies.

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Firm wants to block NC law on bail bond training

Firm wants to block NC law on bail bond training - Wire - North Carolina - NewsObserver.com

Firm wants to block NC law on bail bond training – Wire – North Carolina – NewsObserver.comhttp://www.newsobserver.com/2012/09/11/2333987/firm-wants-to-block-nc-law-on.html#storylink=cpyRALEIGH, N.C. — A firm that trains North Carolina bail bondsmen is suing to try to block a new law from taking effect in October that could put the firm out of business.
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Gun Disarming Technique

I thought this video was pretty good. Although he doesn’t quite show you how to take the gun out at the end. I will post my own BHFH Gun Disarming video for you soon and show you how to do that. In the video he says when a good time is to lunge in. He’s correct on that. Me personally if I was in the situation in the video, I would give a strange look over the bad guys shoulder and act like somethings wrong behind him or just keep looking to the opposite side of his gun hand. Any one in the gunman’s situation will obviously be very nervous and you can get him to think maybe someone’s behind him. Trust me it works, Ive used that technique with people holding other weapons and they ALL looked away to see what I was looking at. It’s almost instinctive. I would also suggest (as scary as it may seem) to be closer to the gun than the instructor on the video. I would actually suggest almost barrel touching your head. If you find yourself in this deadly situation your going to want to be as close to that gun when you lunge for it. A few inches could save your life. Also remember ALWAYS 2 HANDS ON THE WRIST AND BACK OF PALM OF THE GUN HAND.

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About BHFH capture videos

You will notice in our video’s that some of them are very calm with no or little confrontation. Which is a far cry from what you see on television. As a bail agent you will have to remember these people you are arresting are your clients. Over the years I have bonded the same people out time and time again. Not to mention their friends and so on. That’s how you make a successful business. I have had people skip bond on me and leave the state and I bonded them back out. Now there are time’s where you have to scream and yell and get rough, you just have to know when. Alot of times I will try to get the co-signer off the bond and still keep the client on bond also. The co-signers will also use your servies again too if treated good.

The majority of bail agent’s salary come from commission made on writing bonds, not on capturing people. I can promise you there are NO FULL time bountyhunters who do nothing at all but hunt people. There simply is no money in that and it takes much too long to try. You will mainly work posting bond’s and collecting commissions and apprehending bond jumper’s as they come along.

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California Bail Bondsmen and Bounty Hunters

For many people, the term “bounty hunter” evokes images from Wild West movies where deputized citizens were given legal authority to bring back wanted individuals “dead or alive” in return for a “handsome reward”. Worse yet, is the image portrayed by the likes of “Dog” the Bounty Hunter. This quasi fictional character which portends to be reality TV, gives the industry a bad name. If all Bounty Hunters were that heavy-handed we’d all be sued for civil rights violations! The scene and casting for this high-stakes drama has certainly changed but bounty hunting is in fact still very much a part of the American system of justice today. In 1873 the US Supreme Court defined the rights of bounty hunters as agents of bail bondsmen in the case of Taylor v. Taintor.  Hence the real name for bounty hunters is “bail fugitive recovery agents”.

The basis of bounty hunting is rooted in the bail bond process used in the United States.  The purpose of bail is to allow for the legal right of “innocent until proven guilty” guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution without incarceration of an individual prior to determination of guilt or innocence.  On the other side of the coin, the courts whose job it is to enforce and administer the law need some guarantee that the accused will be present in court to face charges and provide a defense.

Hence the bail schedule is set to reflect that balance between the risk of harm to society due to the nature of the crime and the individual’s legal rights. The bail process allows someone who has been arrested to remain free by paying a fee to the courts. If that person violates the terms of his bail, a bail agent will retrieve him and bring him back to police custody, hence the need for bounty hunting.  A bail bondsman can do their own bounty hunting or contract with an individual or company that is licensed to provide bounty hunting services.

Some states require that bounty hunters be licensed, while other states only require that bounty hunters register with them.  Some states such as Kentucky and Oregon prohibit bounty hunters entirely from making bail arrests.

In September 1999, California enacted law A 243 regulating bounty hunters, termed “bail fugitive recovery persons” in the statute. This law added section 1299 to the California Penal Code. The bail fugitive recovery person is defined as one who has written authorization by a bail agent or surety contracted to investigate, monitor, locate, and arrest a bail fugitive for surrender to appropriate authorities, or any person employed to assist in the arrest of such a fugitive.

CPC 1299 required special licensing and training to become a bounty hunter.  California bounty hunters needed a certification from the California Department of Insurance to operate. Certification was granted only to those who could demonstrate they know the state laws and can pass a background check.

Bail fugitive recovery agents must be 18 years old, have no felony convictions, complete a specified training courses, and notify local law enforcement of their intent to apprehend a bail fugitive no more than six hours before doing so.  California bounty-hunting training courses can be done on-line or at select, approved schools that focus on criminal justice. You must be 18 or older to apply. The first step is to take a 12-hour course that covers bail education licensing requirements. After this, you are required to apply for your bounty-hunting license and need to score 70 percent or higher on the test.

Unfortunately, CPC 1299 had a sunset clause and the California State Legislature allowed it to lapse. California no longer has control over the bounty hunters and the bail industry is in an uproar over this. The legitimate bail agencies want to see restrictions and rules governing bounty hunters. The industry in pleading with the state legislature to re-enact CPC 1299; for the protection of public safety and common sense.

 – About the Author:

Orange County Bail Bonds, located across the street from the Orange County jail facility, is a family owned and operated Orange County bail bond service and has been serving the bail bonds needs of Californians and across the United States since 1963.

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Early Fresno County Jail releases hurt bail bond businesses

Insurance News – Early Fresno County Jail releases hurt bail bond businesses [The Fresno Bee, Calif.]http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=350352July 15–Early inmate releases from the Fresno County Jail have done more than just frustrate law enforcement officials and put local residents on edge. They have hammered the bail bonds industry.
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