Handcuff Training for Law Enforcement 101

Handcuff training for law enforcement is critically important. When the suspect hears the clicking of your handcuffs, they realize they are about to lose their freedom. At this point in time, they may panic and attempt to fight you, or run away. This is a vulnerable time for both of you. 

There are several different handcuff training techniques. If the suspect is not resisting, have them place their hands behind their back, palms together and thumbs up. I like their feet together as they bend over, it gives them less balance than if their feet are spread apart. Firmly grasp both of their hands with your strong hand, blading your body away from them. By doing so, you keep your holstered handgun away from them. It will be easier to defend if they decide to turn and fight. Quickly and firmly cuff them with your weak hand. Maintain 100% control of your handcuffs until they are both firmly applied. 

Immediately adjust the handcuffs and be sure they are not too tight. Double lock them in position so they do not continue to tighten. Remember, handcuffs are meant to be a temporary restraint and are not escape proof. Stay vigilant at all times and monitor the arrestee. Search youtube for additional handcuff training techniques and become proficient.

Watch this video for examples of handcuff training.

contributed by: Bill Nordbrock

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