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NYPD to Let Officers Handcuff Suspects in Front

October 19, 2015  | 

The NYPD will soon allow officers to handcuff criminal suspects with their hands in front instead of behind their backs as part of the use-of-force overhaul — a change one police source called “total lunacy.”

“They want to say they’re a kinder, gentler police force by coming up with a new policy on front-cuffing. But it invites danger,” the source said.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis told The New York Post that the change — which will go into effect Jan. 1 — was part of the revision of the Patrol Guide regarding use of force.

He said suspects with “medical or physical hardships” would be candidates for front cuffing, but it would be the arresting officer’s decision.

“If someone’s in good enough shape to fight, that’s a person who wouldn’t be a candidate for front-cuffing,” he said.


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Raymond Head @ 10/19/2015 5:52 PM

Bet NYC will eventually make "front cuffing" mandatory... until an officer or officers gets killed as a direct result... I was arrested ONCE in my life. When I was in my early 20s, had too much to drink, and stupidly tried to drive home...I was stopped at a license check and charged with DUI (and I was too!)

I will never forget how uncomfortable, helpless and ashamed I felt, hands cuffed behind my back, riding in the cruiser on the way to jail.

It made me feel exactly what I'm supposed to feel...arrested.

I never wanted to feel that way again... and I never have...

Handcuffing perps behind their backs is not only safer, it's also a strong deterent...at least to young people...

Jack Betz @ 10/19/2015 7:18 PM

WHY NOT JUST STOP CUFFING INTHE FIRST PLACE. At least then you won't be handing the suspects another weapon to use.

Jack Betz @ 10/19/2015 7:19 PM

WHY not just stop cuffing in the first place.

Rede2hike @ 10/19/2015 9:36 PM

HAVE YOU GONE INSANE! What idiot liberals idea is this. Cuff in front so the suspect s can strangle the officers with their own cuffs or beat the officer to death with their own cuffs. Hope they let em cuff em back of wrist to back of wrist, that's the only way you can cuff a suspect in the front and have a little bit of safety.
What's next, pinky promise the bad guy won't be mean. My god this country is going down the toilet.

Russell Berger @ 10/20/2015 2:46 AM

What's next, serving suspects tea and crumpets? Maybe a video to pass the time on the way to jail? This isn't just a stupide idea, but it will allow suspects a way to assault officers.

OK @ 10/20/2015 5:11 AM

This will just open the doors to more nonsense and in a twisted way I think that is what the city wants. It is "optional" but as the public is being made aware of it, they will fight and cuss if we don't follow it. It will open up more frivolous lawsuits of how the mean police embarassed them by rear cuffing them when they were arrested for 60 enevelopes of heroin that was by no means for sale, just their personal stash. NYC will choke on its own stupidity.

Robert @ 10/20/2015 9:27 AM

If all of the LEO on this board are so against ALL "perps" being handcuffed in front; then why was the PA Officer charged with homicide not handcuffed in the back?
IF ALL "PERPS" are potentially dangerous..than Lisa Mearkle should have been handcuffed in the back. What about the Baltimore Officers charged?

Again, the LEOs on this board seem to have this great sense of entitlement, because they seem to feel there are 2 sets of laws and fules in this nation. Laws for perps (and citizens) and laws for police.

When I handled nuclear material in the Navy, I never thought I was entitled to bend rules and bring some home.
Why do police get different rules for off-duty or non-job related functions...such as when they are arrested, when they run around in Paterson NJ brandishing a firearm, etc.

Every time LE get this special treatment it adds to the division between LE and the citizens who pay their salary....the LE community continues to lose the consent of the governed.

OK @ 10/20/2015 5:07 PM

Not 100% sure what you are talking about or how it applies. In NYC prisoners (regardless of status) are always rear cuffed for obvious safety and control concerns. Giving an option to do otherwise and making a public spectacle out of it is counterproductive and problematic.

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