Every year, prisoners escape custody. But using the proper restraints and techniques for each prisoner transfer situation will help ensure the safety of yourself and other law enforcement officers.
Bartlesville (Okla.) Police officers used force on a combative patient at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in September. Officers Stacy Neafus and Sonya Worthington were arresting a reportedly combative patient who was possibly suicidal.
Today there are scores of new and innovative products aimed at keeping officers safe while handling and transporting prisoners.
If officer safety education is so prevalent and well-accepted today, how does one explain the bloody fact that between 50 and 75 officers still perish at the hands of criminals in any given year?
As you are interviewing the operator you notice a handgun on the floor of the passenger side of the car. Of course, any backup is light years away.
Responding to calls involving violent, incoherent or uncontrollable subjects is never easy. Unlike rational individuals who can be taken into custody with little more than a show of authority, irrational subjects are extremely unpredictable.