A former bodyguard has debunked claims that King Charles’ bodyguards were using fake hands.
Clips circulating online showed protection officers close to the king as he met with crowds in London, and people believed they were using rubber hands.
People said they believed they were gun bait hidden under their coats, but Will Geddes explained why that can’t be true.
A security expert for nearly 30 years, Will told Metro.co.uk that while it might be a tactic in the US, it wouldn’t be used by guards in Britain.
He said: ‘They are definitely not false hands; I can understand why some people might have thought they were because of what appears to be an incredibly strong grip, but they definitely aren’t.
“It’s not a tactic that is used in the UK, there could be all sorts of other tricks and stunts that security officers use to make sure high-profile individuals are kept safe, but this wouldn’t be one of them. .’
He said that in the US close protection officers are ‘trigger happy’ and that it could be used there, but the ‘risk is too high’ in the UK.
He added: ‘There are so many potential problems if they do this.
‘It is obvious the reasons why they must be false.’
“They can’t get their hands on a gun and then have fake hands. It also seems pretty obvious if they had fake hands.
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“It’s unnecessary and there are so many problems that are potentially complicated by having fake hands.
“Again, holding a gun, there are potential safety issues in terms of the gun being loaded and even going off unexpectedly.
Why Prince Charles’ Bodyguards Don’t Use Fake Hands
Will Geddes, security expert explained why King Charles’ bodyguards NO use fake hands
- It’s ‘unnecessary’ and there are security issues
- This would hinder the officer instead of helping them if they tried to grab your weapon quickly.
- Officers would not be able to react quickly enough
“The theory that has been speculated is that this allows the personal protection officer (PPO) to get his weapon super quickly.
“But to be honest, it should be a matter of assessing the crowds much better, assessing the threat much better, planning the event or the hike much better.
‘Rather than being in a position where I can grab my gun and pull it out quickly.
“In 30 strange years of working in the security industry, I have never used rubber hands.”
He added: ‘It’s something that could be used in the US, where they are happier, but not in this country.
“Especially at the time and following the death of Chris Kaba, police and protection officers are on even higher alert than usual.”
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Source : metro.co.uk