General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 11/20/2013
Title 1 - Department Structure and Function
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Human Resources
Title 5 - Employee Conduct
Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure
Title 7 - Evidence and Property
Title 8 - Use of Force
Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms
Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security
Title 11 - Detainee Management
Title 12 - Department Information Systems
Title 13 - Vehicle Operations
Title 14 - Emergency Operations
Title 15 - Primary Investigation
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 7/1/1996
A. Containment straps: Any type of cord, chain, or strap used to temporarily restrict a prisoner’s movement.
B. Full Restraint Position: Placing a person with hands secured behind the back, legs secured together, and the legs and hands connected together behind the back of the subject with the subject’s legs flexed at the knees. The length of the containment strap used to secure the hands to the feet will be such that the lower legs are at an approximate 90º angle in relation to the person’s torso.
II. Use of Containment Straps
A. Containment straps may be applied to temporarily restrict the movement of a prisoner’s legs while in custody. Consider this application when transporting prisoners who present a risk of injury, property damage, or escape.
B. Consider containment straps when handcuffing would be inappropriate or impossible due to the physical limitations of the prisoner.
C. Containment straps may also be used in the Full Restraint Position.
III. Use of the Full Restraint Position
A. In the course of their law enforcement duties, officers may be required to take violently combative subjects into custody and place them into a fully restrained position.
1. A Full Restraint Position is the temporary technique used to control violently combative subjects. The use of the containment straps to restrain a subject in this position will be restricted to situations where the officer believes the continued violent resistance of the person in custody may lead to the injury of that person, further endanger the safety of officers, or result in significant property damage, and no other reasonably effective alternative appears to exist.
2. Any subject who is restrained in this manner should remain under constant observation while so restrained. Officers should be prepared to adjust or remove the containment straps or other devices as circumstances require. Officers will monitor for signs of respiratory distress or other serious medical conditions and provide for immediate medical treatment when indicated.
3. If the prisoner is transported in a police vehicle, an SPD prisoner transport van can best accommodate a person restrained in this manner. Whenever a prisoner restrained in this configuration is transported, the restrained person should be monitored by a second officer riding in the same police vehicle. These subjects will generally be placed on their side if possible (and not face down) to facilitate monitoring their medical status.
4. Officers may consider transporting subjects who appear to require medical or mental health treatment to Harborview Medical Center in an ambulance.
a. Ambulances are equipped with hospital-type restraints, which may be more appropriate for a person in need of mental health treatment.
IV. Reporting the Use of the Full Restraint Position
A Notify your sergeant as early as possible when a suspect is placed in the Full Restraint Position.
B. A Use of Force packet shall be completed whenever an individual is placed in the Full Restraint Position.