Handcuffing

HANDCUFFS ARE DESIGNED FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINT ONLY AND ARE NOT FOOLPROOF.

  • Handcuffs can be defeated, slipped, broken, or unlocked through hidden keys or by picking.
  • Do not assume that a compliant or even aggressive suspect is safe because the handcuffs have been applied.
  • Even cuffed persons can pose a significant danger to Security Officers.

WHY WE HANDCUFF

  • Security Officer safety
  • Prisoner safety
  • Public Safety

HANDCUFFS PROVIDE TEMPORARY RESTRAINT TO PREVENT AN ATTACK, ESCAPE, OR TO PREVENT DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE/CONTRABAND.

They comprise two parts, linked together by a chain, a hinge, or rigid bar.

Each half has a rotating arm which engages with a ratchet that prevents it from being opened once closed around a person’s wrist.

Without the key, the handcuffs cannot be removed and so the handcuffed person is unable to move his or her wrists more than a few centimeters/inches apart, making many tasks difficult or impossible.

This is usually done to prevent suspected criminals from escaping police custody.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  • Assaults against on-duty Officers have steadily increased, and every Officer is faced with the prospect of being seriously assaulted.
  • Because of this ever-present threat, all Officers need a valid, defensible system for controlling hostile subjects and, at the same time, protecting themselves against assault.

Handcuffs are among the most often used tools by Officers, yet training is severely lacking.

THERE ARE THREE MAIN TYPES OF CONTEMPORARY METAL HANDCUFFS:

  1. Chain (cuffs are held together by a short chain)
  2. Hinged (since hinged handcuffs permit less movement than a chain cuff, they are generally considered to be more secure)
  3. Rigid solid bar handcuffs (bulkier to carry, rigid handcuffs permit several variations in cuffing. Both rigid and hinged cuffs can be used one-handed to apply pain-compliance/control techniques that are not workable with the chain type of cuff.)

STUDIES SHOW THAT OVER 67% OF RESISTANCE BY SUBJECTS OCCURS AFTER THE FIRST HANDCUFF HAS BEEN APPLIED.

 

  • All too often the result is injury and/or death to either the Officer or subject.
  • Additionally, the improper use of handcuffs is the focus of many civil suits.
  • Proper training in the use of handcuffs is vital to Officers.

NOMENCLATURE

  1. Single Strand or Ratchet
  2. Teeth on single strand
  3. Double stand rivet
  4. Key lock
  5. Key
  6. Double lock mechanism
  7. Pawl