EDMONTON -- Corrections Canada won't let guards at maximum security prisons wear stab-proof vests because it sends a confrontational "signal" to prisoners. "If you have that kind of presence symbolized by (a stab-proof vest), you're sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person," said Tim Krause.
"It interferes with what we call 'dynamic security.' We want staff to talk to prisoners, to see how they're doing."
Last month, Sun Media reported a guard at the Edmonton Institution was threatened with disciplinary action several times by prison brass for wearing a self-purchased stab-proof vest on the job.
The guard, who asked not to be named, said he intends to keep wearing the Kevlar vest.
"Yes, I'm violating the rules. But management is stepping on my right to defend myself," he said.
Kevin Grabowsky, of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, said the notion that inmates might be "offended" is a "complete crock."
Amazing. I understand what they are saying, but wow, is that ever stupid. There are ways to work it out. Such as have the vest under the shirt or something. But barring it? That's insane.