Topic: Security Central /
Pat Down Gloves
Within my jurisdiction we changed from using the latex glove while performing clothed searches to issuing search gloves to our members. These are made of turtleskin, needle stick proof finger tips as well as cut resistant palms. these can be cleaned after each use.
We do receive some complaints from members, the feel is minimized, but if the offender has an edged weapon and/or a needle on their person, they will be protected while the officer with the latex will end up with a skin puncture.
The gloves are kept on the duty belt and not placed in pockets. Members are also taught to ask the pre-search question similar to ’Mick’s’ response “Do you have anything on your person that can cut, poke or do harm to me? any open sores fresh tatoos or piercings do you want to disclose before I search you?” This does work and lessens the issues. Hope this helps.