Seminars in Law Enforcement

Practical and Tactical Handcuffing Instructor Certification and Recertification

Handcuffs are among the most often used tool by officers, yet training is severely lacking. Studies show that more than 67 percent 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. Additionally, the improper use of handcuffs is the focus of many civil suits. Proper training in the use of handcuffs is vital to officers.

The PATH® "Practical and Tactical Handcuffing" course is the most complete and innovative handcuffing course in the country. Public safety officers including corporate security, federal, state and local law enforcement organizations, contract security companies, academic or healthcare law-enforcement and security, corrections, military police, probation and parole, bail enforcement, and executive protection will benefit from the principles and skills learned during the PATH® training program. 

Nearly 3,000 PATH® Instructors have been trained worldwide. The techniques presented are practical and effective. Topics to be covered include the safest approach and positioning for handcuffing, handcuffing non-compliant subjects, prone and kneeling handcuffing, removing handcuffs, and the use of various type of cuffs, among others.

Benefits include:

  • Reduced injury to officers and subjects
  • Reduced exposure to civil liability
  • Reduced Workers' Compensation payments
  • Increased performance, efficiency and speed when applying handcuffs
  • Increased confidence and morale
  • Increased safety
  • Improved decision making

Course topics:

  • General handcuffing guidelines
  • Handcuffing history
  • Handcuffing dangers
  • Trial and error lessons
  • Handcuff nomenclature
  • Hinged, rigid, chain-link and disposable handcuffs
  • Care and maintenance of handcuffs
  • Resistance and control management
  • Officer and individual factors/ escalation through the levels of control
  • Recognizing the threat
  • Elements of reporting resistance and control
  • Principles of balance, movement, center and reaction time
  • Relative positioning
  • Handcuffing a subject in a standing, prone or kneeling position
  • Resistance and disengaging
  • Standing a prone handcuffed subject
  • Post handcuffing guidelines
  • Directing a subject to a prone position
  • Prone with hands under the body
  • Effect of pressure of nerve centers
  • Rolling a subject to a prone position
  • Removing handcuffs
  • Use of contact and cover
  • Searching
  • Exiting a room or cell where there is a potential for violence
  • Methods of instruction (Instructor Course)


Dress in comfortable clothing suitable for intense physical activity.

Seminar details

Each time this seminar is offered, details such as dates, time, location, registration fees, continuing education units (CEUs) offered and relevant instructor information will be available on the registration form found in the calendar.

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