Though designed for police and security professionals, the compact size and low cost of the Police Force Single-Use Quick Cuffs make it easy for civilians to keep with them to restrain an attacker who has been immobilized by either a stun gun or pepper spray.
Unlike traditional single-use plastic cuffs, you do not need to be concerned about the cuffs cutting into the suspect’s wrists.
The cord forms two loops and will restrain an individual with just one simple move. It can also secure a suspect to the rail of a stretcher in an ambulance for safer transportation to the hospital.
The proper use of handcuffs should be one of our most important considerations. Proper handcuffing, therefore, means cuffing a subject with his hands behind his back with the palms facing out. The cuffs should be snug (but not so tight that they restrict circulation) and always double-locked. If cuffed improperly, a prisoner could escape and flee, or worse, assault you. Our flex handcuffs open approximately 4.3 inches, with 0 loops on each side. The lace has a tensile strength of 200 pounds, and the cuffs’ strength is 110 pounds. The cuffs are effective in temperatures from 14
o F to 158o F. They also resist mold, gasoline, and lubricants, and they are easy to use. Simply position your hands behind the back. Place loops around both wrists. To tighten the cuffs, pull the bottom plastic tab while holding the center plastic piece. Be careful not to over-tighten as you can not release the tension without cutting the cuff. To remove, use a knife or scissors to cut the ropes. Also, remember that flex cuffs are designed to be used for only short periods of time and should be placed with a finger between the plastic and the suspect’s wrist to ensure an appropriate fit.
If you wanted to handcuff someone in the 1800s you would use what was called “police nippers” or “come along”. These restraints were attached to the wrist of the suspect, the officer then grasped the handle and escorted the prisoner to jail. The “golden age” of handcuffs arrived in the mid-1800s when adjustable wrist bars were invented. Another boom occurred in 1912 when Peerless patented reciprocating cuffs that police could quickly snap on a suspect with a swing-through wrist bar. The two main types of handcuffs are hinged and chained. Hinged cuffs are the most secure because they cut down on an arrestee’s movement, making the entire arrest process safer. They are more painful for the suspect and often don’t work on larger or more muscular people. Most modern handcuffs are made of steel, adjustable to the wrist size, and equipped with an automatic locking device. There is however one main disadvantage of using metal handcuffs; metal handcuffs can spread disease through reuse (from blood or other bodily fluids that may not have been cleaned off the cuffs).
Disposable handcuffs of nylon and polycarbonate are now available. Polycarbonates (PC) are a group of polymers used in engineering that are strong, tough materials, and some grades are optically transparent. They are easily worked, molded, and thermoformed (heated to a pliable forming temperature, formed to a specific shape in a mold, and trimmed to create a usable product). Their advantage is that a police officer can easily carry several pairs, for example, at the scene of a riot.
There are multiple applications for disposable handcuffs. They are often used in emergency situations or for de-escalation purposes, many educators believe restraints are used to maintain the safety and order of the classroom and students and to restrain people who are suffering from involuntary physical spasms, to prevent them from hurting themselves. On the lighter side, they are also often used by escapologists, illusionists, and stunt performers. Fortunately for us, today there are scores of new and innovative products aimed at keeping officers safe while handling and transporting prisoners. The first piece of equipment all officers have in their arsenal to restrain a suspect (resisting or otherwise) is handcuffs. A traditional form of plastic handcuffs is cable ties, with either two interlocking straps, or a single cable tie around both wrists. More recently, plastics-manufacturing companies have started to produce special devices comprising two interconnected straps as one item. Various innovations on the plastic handcuff theme have been developed, including models which can be released using a regular handcuff key, and extremely lightweight restraints made from nylon cord, using a plastic device to hold the cord tight.
- Material: Nylon/Polycarbonate
- Color: White/Blue
- Opens Approximate: 4.3 inches 0 loop each side
- Minimum Tensile Lace strength: 200 pounds; Cuff strength: 110 pounds
- Temperature Range: 14°F to 158°F temperature.
- Cuff Resists mold, gasoline, lubricants, etc.