Friday, September 4, 2015


Suspects should be handcuffed for nearly every offense, however minor.  Many people panic when they realize they are going to go to jail.  Even a minor offender might try to attack you in order to escape when they realize they are going to jail.

Some high profile cases have shown officers handcuffing children.  The key to knowing who to handcuff is to review the reasons for the handcuffing.  A small child is no real danger to the officer and is in no real danger of escaping.  Handcuffing a child to teach them a lesson, or scare them is not appropriate.

Your agency policy may also have requirements or guidelines for handcuffing.  Handcuffing can cause wrist injury and should not be done unless there is a good reason.  Always follow your local laws and agency policy; that's what the SGT Says.

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