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.
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