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UK Policemen and the Urgent Need for Adequate Hand Protection From Knife Attacks

In the line of duty, police officers face a multitude of dangers every day. From volatile situations to potential physical altercations, their job demands constant vigilance and preparedness. Yet, amidst the challenges they encounter, one critical aspect often overlooked is the lack of sufficient personal protection equipment (PPE), especially concerning hand protection when dealing with knife attacks.

The horrendous recent case of the unprovoked attack on a young boy on his way to school in Hainault, the Police response and an Officer receiving serious damage to her hands is a case in point. Not one of the 3 officers who eventually caught the attacker had hand protection and one of those officers received life changing injuries to her hand.

In recent years, the United Kingdom has witnessed a worrying surge in knife-related crimes. For law enforcement officers, confronting suspects armed with blades poses an imminent risk to their safety. However, the gravity of this threat is compounded by the inadequate provision of PPE, leaving officers vulnerable and unprotected in the face of danger.

One glaring gap in their defence is the absence of effective hand protection. Traditional gloves will not protect the hands against cuts and slashes. This deficiency exposes officers to severe injuries, including lacerations and puncture wounds, further exacerbating the risks they already face.

Fortunately, there exists a viable solution: cut-proof gloves. These specialized knife protective gloves are engineered with advanced materials such as Kevlar or high-density Bladenoma (Exclusive to Bladerunner) offering unparalleled resistance to sharp objects like knives. Unlike conventional gloves, cut-proof variants provide enhanced protection without compromising dexterity, enabling officers to maintain their agility and responsiveness in critical situations.

One of the most significant advantages of cut-proof gloves is their ability to allow officers to safely grab the blade of a knife wielding assailant without fear of sustaining injuries. This capability not only enhances their self-defence capabilities but also reduces the likelihood of escalation, as officers can confidently intervene to apprehend suspects without risking severe harm to themselves.

Moreover, the implementation of cut-proof gloves aligns with the overarching principles of duty of care and occupational health and safety. By equipping officers with adequate hand protection, law enforcement agencies demonstrate a commitment to prioritizing the well-being of their personnel and mitigating the inherent risks associated with frontline policing.

Bladerunner ( are reporting a definite increase in enquiries from Police forces for their cut resistant gloves throughout the UK but say that by far the majority of the UK’s Police forces have still not responded adequately to this situation.

However, the widespread adoption of cut-proof gloves among UK policemen remains an unfulfilled imperative. Budget constraints, logistical challenges, and bureaucratic hurdles have hindered progress in addressing this critical issue, leaving officers exposed to unnecessary risks and endangering their lives in the line of duty. Bladerunner, who are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of cut and slash-proof clothing are reporting that it is only now that some forces are beginning to provide proper knife resistant gloves to their front line officers.

It is incumbent upon policymakers, law enforcement agencies, and relevant stakeholders to recognize the urgency of this matter and take decisive action to rectify the deficiencies in hand protection for police officers. Investment in high-quality cut-proof gloves should be prioritized, accompanied by comprehensive training programs to ensure proper utilization and integration into operational protocols.

Furthermore, fostering a culture of safety and proactive risk management within law enforcement institutions is essential to instil awareness and appreciation for the importance of adequate PPE. By empowering officers with the tools and resources they need to safeguard themselves, we reinforce the foundation of a resilient and effective policing framework.

In conclusion, the issue of inadequate hand protection for UK policemen when facing knife attacks demands immediate attention and remedial action. Cut-proof gloves represent a practical and effective solution to mitigate risks and enhance officer safety in high-stakes scenarios. It is imperative that we prioritize the well-being of those who dedicate their lives to upholding law and order, ensuring that they are adequately equipped to confront the challenges they encounter with confidence and resilience.

Watch a brief demonstration of our Level 5 Protection Police Glove below.

If you would like any further information or a sample pair for your police team to review and try out, please contact us.