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Inside RTC #122 - Compliant handcuffing

October 13, 2011

I was able to spend an entire morning with RTC #122 last week. I wasn’t sure what to expect in the first session, which was Control Tactics in the gym.

I changed into my workout wear and waited with the recruits for the instructors to come in.

Immediately as a group we began running while working on our foot drill. (Think army…left right, left right, left right left.) It was quite a change to my normal runs that consist of moving my legs at my pace!

After our running warm up we worked on some self defence. Then came the really interesting part—compliant handcuffing.

As someone who has never been handcuffed, I was surprised to find it wasn’t as uncomfortable as I thought it would be. I was also surprised to learn that handcuffing is an art! My first attempts at properly handcuffing can only be classified as fumbles.

After some instruction from recruits, I figured out the proper way to do it to ensure both quick and safe handcuffing.

Another major takeaway was the importance of verbal communication. From the first step of the handcuffing process through to the last, the recruit constables are constantly verbally communicating with the person they are handcuffing.

Removing handcuffs safely is another technique the recruits have to master.

Throughout the class, a couple instructors were walking around watching and offering advice.

Most of the recruits were well-trained at compliant handcuffing by the end of class. Although I had the verbal commands and communication down, I’d definitely need more work on handcuffing!

Like everything in the training program, each class and skill is built on in the following classes.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at recruitblog@edmontonpolice.ca. I’ll answer the best I can.

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