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Ties That Bind: Restrain Subjects with the Right Tools and Techniques and You'll Keep You and Your Community Safe

NCJ Number
Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine Volume: 26 Issue: 12 Dated: December 2002 Pages: 30-33
Craig Meissner
David Griffith
Date Published
December 2002
4 pages
This article briefly describes restraint equipment and techniques used by law enforcement officials while handling or transporting offenders.
Restraining offenders with the right equipment and using the right techniques aid law enforcement officers in protecting both the community and themselves while handling and transporting offenders. Handcuffs, in use over the last 200 years, are a frequent piece of equipment all officers maintain in restraining suspects. Today’s handcuffs have been improved and are more tough, lightweight, and easier to use. Standard handcuffs are either chained or hinged designs. Introduced in 1965 were flex-cuffs, a wrist restraint described as easy to apply and store, inexpensive, and lightweight. The Grip, a flexible material reducing metal to skin contact, is another wrist restraint that affords protection from tampering and eliminating double-locking. In addition to wrist restraints, leg restraints are used to protect officers from being kicked while escorting suspects or from squad car windows being knocked out. Leg irons are handy for transporting offenders. A key transporting aid is the belly chain. Theses are conducive to medical transports when some freedom of movement is needed. A recent addition to restraint equipment is the TranZport Hood and the Spit Net, used as a deterrent against biting and spitting. Lastly, the Transport Leg Brace prevents offenders from running or kicking. Officers must safeguard themselves and the community from the new dangers that arise once an offender is detained. It is important that all available restraint equipment meet all Federal standards.