Handcuffing Techniques and Vehicle Removal – Police Tactics
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Handcuffing an individual you have chased (Car Stopper)
(09:59) Now, the next level of force we are going to talk about is the individual here, we might have been done a felony car stopper. We’ve had to chase the man down, an ally, whatever the situation in fulfilling purposes.
(10:14) I’m not going to be the distance away that I would normally be. I want to be several feet away. You know, up to twenty feet maybe, if possible.
(10:24) And what I’m going to have to do, I’d have him turn away. I’m giving the command, you’re always forceful, telling the suspect exactly what you want to do, ‘Sir, put your hands behind your head, and release your fingers. Kneel on the ground, sir. Cross your ankles in that position, sir’.
(10:42) Now, we’ve got him in a pretty uncomfortable position right now. Crossing the ankles by itself is uncomfortable. Now, ‘Sir, I’m going to approach you, do not move’. I’ve already gave him a command, he knows what I’m doing, there is no surprises for him or me.
(10:56) As I approach, I’m going to walk up, I’m right-handed, so I’m going to approach here. I’m going to reach up, get a hold of the fingers just like we did in standing.
(11:05) Now I’m going to step in here with my foot in front of his knee and I’m going to bow the suspect forward. He is in a very uncomfortable position, aren’t you? *Yeah*
(11:14) I’m going to drop, I have the handcuff in my hand. Key hole going up the forearm, always approach him from the thumb side. I approach, I cuff, same technique, reach exactly the same, I come behind him, cuff.
(11:30) Now that I’ve got him there, raise up. Now I’m going to double-lock the handcuff. Always double-lock, I’m in position now to escort.
(11:40) That was a very uncomfortable position, wasn’t? *Yes*
Who had control on that situation? *You*
(11:45) Exactly, that is exactly what we want.
(11:48) Again, I’m now in position to take the handcuff off my gun side away from the individual. I’m taking the handcuff off, turning both ways, getting a release. ‘Sir. put the hand on top of your head’.
(12:00) Remember, the suspect may be stressed, worried about what is going on; you give the command so he knows what exactly what you wanted all times. ‘Sir, I’m going to raise out here’. I’m back here now. I’m can release the cuff from out here and release him. Step back. ‘Sir, put the hand on top of your head’.
(12:20) Now we can do whatever we need to do, whatever paperwork once we get him inside, wherever we are going.
(12:28) That is for an individual like on a filming car stuff or chased him down in ally and you caught him and it’s a dangerous situation. You may get in a situation where you happen to tactically use some defensive tactics techniques that you are going to see in the future on here, on other of our videos.
Handcuffing an individual who grabbed you
(12:52) But if the suspect came in here and get a grab for instance and I want to get him off of me. I may cause him or get his attention of this by giving him a shot.
(13:04) Well I’m going to take him to the ground, with an outside risk take down. I’m giving him a good lock, I’m going to take you to the ground, Gary. I’m going to take him to the ground and as I take him to the ground, I get control, ‘Sir, put your other arm by your side, turn your face away from me’. I have him down this position, at this point, I’m going to knee across at the back of his shoulder and his neck.
(13:25) Pinning him to the ground. Now I squeeze in with this arm, I can free my hands to do whatever I need at this point. If I need control, I just move the elbow. That was very uncomfortable, wasn’t it?
(13:38) Now, I can reach in now, get a hold of my handcuff, because they are in a correct position, I know which one’s which. I’m going to cuff the right hand, I have the right cuff in my hand.
(13:48) I’m always going to approach from the thumb side, when I do that, I approach, I cuff, I have him in position here, ‘Sir, give me your other hand’. If he doesn’t want to, say ‘Put your hand now’. He doesn’t want to do that, ‘Sir, give me your hand’. No. ‘Sir, give me your hand’. He will do that for just a little convincing.
(14:08) I grab him here, I handcuff, I have him in position. Now, I have control, I can back off to whatever I want. Now, I have him cuffed. Correct? We have to get him off the ground in the safest possible position.
(14:23) I recommend doing that by saying ‘Sir, roll over on your back, sit up, sir. Sit up, pull your feet into your body. Now I’m going to grab. When I tell you, I want you to stand up, ready? One, two,three. Very effortless, he is very control.
(14:41) Now we can go. I want you turn so you can see this. I have him here, I have him double-locked. Remember to double-lock, always double-lock the handcuff, if he starts to give me trouble. All right, that hurts, does not? Very painful.
(14:59) Now keep in mind, if you use this, when you are escorting, or you have to control, you can cause injury if you get too carried away. But by doing this to ruin him back, look at his body position, do you feel like you could do much from there? *No*
(15:15) Now, I can come under here. I can control with the nerve under the jaw, under the nose, the eyes. Say, if the individual is like me, who doesn’t have hair, you can come over here and have full control. My fingers in your eyes, no, they are just above the eye socket. I have full control of an escort from here.
(15:34) Do you feel like I’m in control? *Yes* That is what we want, we want the suspect to always feel that you are the one in control; if we can manually make him believe I’m in control, I am in control.
(15:47) Again, when we take the cuff off, again gun side away, I reach in, I take the key, turn both directions. ‘Sir put your hand on top of your head’. Now I could put him on his knees, whatever I need to do, if I felt danger.
(16:03) But I would not take the cuffs off, till I was in a secure, safe position, with back up officer with me.
(16:10) I’d step out here, handcuffs away. You see the control I have here, if he tries to do anything, I have full control. I still have hold of this, plus good grip and actually this grip is better than if I had hold of his arm. There is no grease, there is no sweat, I have full control from here.
(16:28) Do you believe I can control you from here? *yes*
(16:31) Now I reach in here, I have another officer watching. I reach in, I remover the cuff, very carefully. I back off and step, ‘Sir, put your hand on top of your head’. We’re in good position, now I can say ‘Sir, sit down’. Whatever.
Facing and grabbing individual
(16:47) Now, my suspect is facing me, he does a grab or whatever at this point. I have to get control, I want to reach over. Now, I’m reaching over this side. I’m going to point him straight up, I have his little finger going right down the outside of his arm.
(17:04) I’m going to take him to the ground. The suspect may be combative, at this point. He gets a grip on me, whatever reason. I may reach over and get a grip on him here.
(17:16) Or I’m sitting in the situation, I can use this take down, I’m going to point this finger right down his arm here. And when I do step up and keep up to his head, taking him to the ground, just like so.
(17:28) Very control position, kind of painful. ‘Turn your head away from me, sir. Get your arm beside you, there you go, turn your face away’. Now I step in into the kneeling position, just as I did before on the last technique.
Handcuffing after a tensed chasing
(17:42) You might have a situation where like in a two man team, you’ve chased the man down, you’ve got to cuff him, it has been a very tense situation. I’d say ‘Sir, face the wall’. We may both have our guns out at this point, my partner would be up to one side of the other with an angle. That would be the least amount of danger for me.
(18:00) And protection for him also. I’d say ‘Sir, place your forehead on the wall. Spread your legs out and put your feet back. Back towards me, put your feet back towards me, there you go, sir. Put your forehead against the wall, sir and release your fingers behind your head. Get your elbows up the wall, sir. Now get your elbows off the wall, sir! Do not force me to come in here. Get your elbows off the wall, sir.’
(18:25) ‘Now, I’m going to approach you, do not move.’ Now he knows what I’m going to do, there’s no surprises. I’m going to walk in, I’m going to grab him, if he puts his elbows on the wall, I can push his face into the wall and say ‘Sir, you shovels off the wall’.
(18:41) At this point, I’m going to step between his legs, and I’m going to use my thigh and press him against the wall. My thigh is holding his entire body weight, is it not? *Yes*
(18:50) Are you standing at all? *No*
(18:52) At this point, I’m going to reach back, get him cuffs out of my case. I have him in the right positions, so I know the right hand cuff is right here.
(19:00) I’m going to always approach against the thumb side, with the hole running up his arm. I approach, cuff, I’m going to loop my thumb in there for control. If he tries to pull apart, I have this. He is not going anywhere.
(19:12) Now I reach in through the arm, grab the cuff or going behind. I put the other cuff on, pull my key and I double-lock. From this position, ‘Sir, we’re going to stand up’. I just pull him back, ‘Put your feet together’, and now we can go wherever we need to go in an escort position.