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Reactive Handcuffing Tactics




by Robert R. Rail, Ph. D.

Handcuffing an individual is a frequently used and vital skill for most law enforcement officers, yet scant little has been written about how to properly apply handcuffs.

REACTIVE HANDCUFFING TACTICS goes beyond just simple instructions. The techniques described and depicted in this book blend restraint equipment with reactive, bio-mechanical techniques that will enable you to safely and effectively control a subject.These step-by-step instructions – each illustrated with photographs – provide you with a controlled alternative to force beyond need. They enable you to humanely restrain compliant, resistant, and even combative subjects using the least amount of force needed to achieve compliance.

REACTIVE HANDCUFFING TACTICS combines the twin goals of officer safety and arrestee welfare in a quick and efficient method. They are realistic and practical restraint techniques that do not sacrifice effectiveness and officer safety for liability protection.

This book begins with the fundamental techniques for handcuffing a non-resistant subject; probably the most common type of arrest and restraint. But at any stage of the cuffing procedure, a subject may choose to resist or even attempt to attack you. There are several specific examples of when and how a subject may choose to resist or attack and detailed instructions about how you can quickly and effectively defeat subject resistance without the use of excessive force which would endanger you and the subject, and increase your potential legal liability.

The most important part of law enforcement is officer safety and the most important part of officer safety is consistent and proper training! From the very beginnings of policing through the complexities of our modern times, training has been an integral part of law enforcement. The old adage of “how we train is how we will react” is true. The proper application of handcuffs is more than just getting the equipment on a subject; you must also consider the bio-mechanical limits of the offender and the “rules” that govern the use of force. Therefore, it is very important that you begin REACTIVE HANDCUFFING TACTICS training by reading carefully the CAUTIONS and USE OF FORCE sections of this book. These two sections will guide you in your training and in the safe application of handcuffs.

Applying handcuffs to any subject can be dangerous. You never know when a seemingly compliant subject will suddenly turn resistant or even combative. Included in this book is a section title THE ATTITUDE OF CONFRONTATION which will give you some insight into how body language can tip you off to a subject’s intentions. Being able to read a person’s body language will help you in any situation in which you are dealing one on one with another individual.

Cautions & Safeguards
Use Of Force
The Attitude of Confrontation
Handcuffing a Cooperative Subject
Handcuffing a Resistant Subject
Prone Straight Arm Brace
Rear Walk Come-Along

Dr. Robert R. Rail is recognized internationally as one of the foremost experts on managing interpersonal relations. He has taught his “understanding body language” techniques and methods to people from more than 60 countries.

As a consultant to the United Nations in the Balkans and Iraq, Dr. Rail was responsible for designing curriculum and instructing elite police officers from 56 nations who have been deployed in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Jordan, Asia, and Africa. He was also named as a physical confrontation advisor and resource training provider to select personnel of NATO and OSCE (Organization for Security & Co-Operation in Europe).

Dr. Rail was a resident instructor at the Specialized Advanced Training Unit of the High Institute of Baghdad Police College, and was awarded a second doctorate degree for his exceptional abilities as an international instructor.  He has received numerous other awards for his work in the international community.

Dr. Rail has an outstanding background of over a quarter of a century of both martial arts knowledge and “on the street” law enforcement experience. He is an internationally respected and acclaimed master instructor. Through all his classes, lectures, presentations and even casual contacts, he displays a constant flow of encouragement, enthusiasm, and instructional humor.

Dr. Rail is a frequent contributor to television and radio programs, and periodicals.  He conducts both training and consulting services for universities and corporations worldwide.

He is the author of five books:
The Unspoken Dialogue -Varro Press
Custodial Cuffing & Restraint – Varro Press
Reactive Handcuffing Tactics – Varro Press
Defense Without Damage
Surviving the International War Zone

Item No. 192
56 Pages Softcover
8-1/2” X 11”
66 Photos
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