With the upward trend by all levels of society to resist any form of authority, the use of handcuffs by the security officials has increased to a greater extent. SOS protection & Surveillance have been working hard with the support of Freeway Training Solutions Ltd to compile a course which teaches the concepts of handcuffs rather than a set course. They believe that the security officials should have enough skills that can be required to control the violent substances until the police reaches and takes the situation under their control.
Considering this, a training course has been launched to teach the door staff of how to use handcuffs. This course is organized by former police officer Andy Walker. The arrest and Plastic Restraint course will teach door supervisors, the tacts of dealing with plastic handcuffs.
Andy walker clears his point by referring to Criminal Law Act 1967, which states that anyone can use reasonable force to prevent crime, assist in the arrest of an offender, and a vert imminent danger.
Even the SEC 3 criminal law act states:
“Any person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances in the prevention of crime,or in effecting or assisting in the lawful arrest of an offender or suspected offender.”
Hand cuff training is also known as Speedcuff, Quikcuff or rigid cuff training.
The “Key-Cuff” handcuffs which are to be used in the APR Course are opened using the same keys that police carry, hence the door staff will not have to release the offenders themselves.
The course is designed in such a way that it gives the concept of using handcuffs, to the candidates. The individuals are made to know about the various types of handcuffs, thus making them understand the good and bad effects of each.
It results in the fact that, when the individual is issued a handcuff, it doesn’t matter which type it is, as the correct application will be firmly fixed in their mind.
This course is designed specifically for the private security professionals. Generally, handcuffing courses are taught with techniques and tactics that only law enforcement officers can use. These techniques include the possibility of escalating to an intermediate weapon or the luxury of “immediate” back-up.
Private security officers do not have such opportunities, that’s why this course becomes so unique as it caters specifically to private security officers.
This course includes:
- Physio kinetics.
- Wall and prone handcuffing
- Controlling the handcuffs during defensive resistance
- Tactics to consider during close proxemics.
The course will be successfully completed after the practical and written evaluation. It is better for every candidate to re-certify every 12 months as this will keep them court credible.
The duration of the course is almost two days.
This course is so designed to fulfill many objectives. After the successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:
- To understand the Home Office Guidelines on the use of handcuffs.
- To develop the motor skills needed to grip, draw and correct application site.
- To understand the current UK legislation on the Use of force.
- Develop the skills needed in the Carriage and daily checks.
- Develop an understanding of medical implications of the use of handcuffs.
- To develop the motor skills needed to apply the correct control holds to use when applying handcuffs and the safe method of removal.
There are a number of benefits that are due after the successful completion of the basic handcuffing course. These are:
- less probability of injury to staff official.
- Reduced exposure to Criminal and civil Liability.
- Increase in performance, Efficiency and Speed when applying Handcuffs.
- Increase in the Morale and confidence of the Staff.
- Increased Safety of mango people and staff officials.
This course is offered by a number of governing bodies, SIA being one of them. According to one of the spokeswoman from SIA:
“We don’t endorse the use of handcuffs. People can claim they were used unlawfully and it could lead to accusations of assault.”
On the successful completion of this course, the following certification will be provided:
- NFPS Handcuff Instructor Accreditation.
- BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in the safe and Effective Use of Restraint Equipment.
The course has been designed for the benefit of the common people, but there are certain ‘if and buts’ regarding this course. There are of questions n the mind of the common people.
Door staff of night clubs have a mixed reputation. Disorder on the dance floor has always been the bread butter, or in easy words, the main earning source for these bouncers, those nightclub foot soldiers with the power to make or break the night out.
Bouncers are to carry handcuffs for the use as a last resort against violent clubbers.
The security firms are giving excuses that there’s is not always an easy life, with the powers of persuasion and brawn often the only tools available for dealing with alcohol-sodden teens, fighting revelers and everything in between.
One of the security firm has taken a step further, it has issued handcuffs to its senior staff as a last option for dealing with the most serious offenses.
Apart from all these excuses, only one question is left behind: is it right on the part of the security firms to allow there staff members use the equipment which is basically reserved for the use of the police officials.??