PATH® - Practical And Tactical Handcuffing

Proper training in the use of handcuffs is vital to officers. Handcuffs are among the most often used tool by officers, yet training is typically lacking. Studies show that over 67% of resistance by subjects occurs after the first handcuff has been applied. All too often the result is injury and/or death to either the officer or subject

Upon Completion of the PATH® Course you will be issued a Certificate of Completion and a Wallet I.D. card which will be valid for (3) three years. Certificates and ID cards can only be issued to security officers, bail enforcement agents or other qualified personnel.
Handcuffing is a Dangerous Business

Since before the 1960’s officers have experimented with different handcuffing techniques. Unfortunately death and injuries to officers was the result. In the 1990’s, handcuffing in the free standing and prone positions gained acceptance.  Prone positions with proper arm-locks seem to be the safest for officers.

Purpose of the Training:
The purpose of the PATH training is to present principles, skills and techniques of understanding and using handcuffs. The techniques presented are practical and effective.
Topics to be covered include the safest approach and positioning for handcuffing, handcuffing resistive subjects, safely disengage, removing handcuffs, and the use of various types of handcuffs, among others. This is a hands on course part of the training include situational scenarios

Course Topics:

  • Handcuffing Nomenclature
  • Hinged handcuffs
  • General handcuffing guidelines
  • Disposable handcuffs
  • Care and maintenance of handcuffs
  • Control management
  • Recognizing threat
  • Elements of reporting
  • Safety rules
  • Principles of balance, movement, center and reaction time
  • Relative positioning
  • Free stand position
  • Handcuffing the complaint and the non-compliant subject
  • The prone straight arm lock
  • Disengage and decentralization skills
  • Prone handcuffing
  • Standing a prone Handcuffed subject
  • Post handcuffing guidelines
  • Removing handcuffs
  • Supplemental techniques

Benefits of Hands-On Training Course:

  • Reduced Injury to Officers and Subjects
  • Reduced Exposure to Civil Liability
  • Reduced Workers' Compensation Payments
  • Increased Performance, Efficiency & Speed When Applying Handcuffs
  • Increased Confidence & Morale
  • Increased Safety

Required Equipment:

  • Handcuffs
  • Handcuff Case
  • Handcuff Key
  • Duty Belt Suggested, But Not Necessary
  • Appropriate clothes for  'Physical' Training
Wear light, comfortable clothing with tennis shoes or gym shoes.  You may want to bring an extra shirt. 

Course Fee:
PATH Certification $40.00

**Our trainers are certified and authorized by Personal Protection Consultants, Inc. to provide training in the PATH® course