Friday, May 8, 2009

Shotgun & Handcuffs

If you deploy your patrol rifle or your shotgun, how are you going to handcuff the suspect? Your hands are full of gun. Best answer, don't handcuff the suspect, prone him out of the ground, and hold him there until another officer without a long gun can move up and perform handcuffing.

Second best answer is you have a weapon with a sling and can sling the weapon and perform the handcuffing. Have you ever tried handcuffing someone with a slung patrol rifle or shotgun? Probably not, and with that weapon hanging in front of you what will happen to it when you bend over to do the handcuffing? It will flop out in front of you making it hard to bend down and hard to fight if things go bad.

If you are with another officer armed with a long gun, he can sling his weapon and you can hand him your long gun. Then you can move up and handcuff the suspect. If you are near your unit you can lay your long gun on the seat and lock it inside the car while you handcuff the suspect. I have even had officers tell me they will lay it on the ground or disassemble it and then move forward to cuff the suspect. I am not a big fan of those options.

No matter which option you select, you should practice it a few times before you have to use it in the field. You need to keep your weapons out of the hands of passers by, other suspects, and out of your own way; that's what the SGT Says.


Nuno M. Cabe├žadas said...

Ground, swap shotgun with handgun and then proceed as usual.

Protect_and_Serve said...

Shoot the offender, twice. Then they are much easier to cuff.

Just kidding, kinda.