In the past, I have talked about the importance of carefully searching and handcuffing criminals. A failure to properly secure your prisoner can have disastrous consequences including their escape and your injury and/or death.
This video on escaping from handcuffs was filmed by the folks at Slashdot at HOPE, a conference for hackers, earlier this year.
While I’m sure none of the people in the video or associated with its publication would publicly support the escape of criminals and the killing of police officers, you cannot dismiss that the information is out there on how to defeat handcuffs, flexcuffs and other restraint devices. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when arresting someone:
- always cuff behind the back
- always double lock the cuffs
- always perform a very thorough search post arrest
- always re-search a prisoner when he or she is transferred from one officer to another
- always watch detained prisoners for movements consistant with accessing tools, manipulating the restraints or attempting to move the handcuffs in front of their body
These are all basic guidelines that every police recruit should have been taught in the academy. However, all of us are human, and sometimes we get lazy or are lulled into a false sense of security. That is when mistakes happen.