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    Question for current Leo,What happens to a suspect if his wrist are too big for department issued cuffs?Also what type of device do you then use to secure the arrested subject?

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    Originally posted by The Don
    Question for current Leo,What happens to a suspect if his wrist are too big for department issued cuffs?Also what type of device do you then use to secure the arrested subject?
    I bought a pair of extra large handcuffs, if those don't fit, I also carry shackles and flexcuffs. So, far I havent run into anyone that I haven't been able to cuff using the large cuffs, but if you do, probably should be very, very nice to them, because if they are that big, cuffs aren't going to help you much anyway.

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    • #3
      Never had somebody too big for HINGE cuffs but we have flex-cuffs if it ever happened.
      "Get busy dying or get busy living".....Andy Dufrain, Shawshank Redemption

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      • #4
        I carry a pair of Peerless hinged cuffs (in addition to my Peerless chain cuffs), which are oversized. I've used them several times as ankle shackles, because they're so big, so I have yet to meet someone that was too big for them.
        Talk sense to a fool, and he will call you foolish - Euripides

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        • #5
          I carry a set of leg shackles in my bag and use a regular set of cuffs to shorten the chain. I also carry about a dozen flexi-cuffs in my duty gear.
          The only thing we have to fear is change itself.

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          • #6
            Funny you asked...

            My partner and I caught some Burglars with the safe in their car leaving the area of an invasion burglary. One of the guilties (notice I didn't say suspect) had wrists so large that leg shackles had to be used. Of course, we waited for PSP to arrive for that because ours were in the SGTs car from a transport he had done at the end of the previous shift. This guy had a long wait proned out I ordered my own set since then and a set of oversized.
            " (T)o preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.... " Richard Henry Lee, 1788

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            • #7
              I arrested a 600+ pound guy for DWI. Only way to cuff him was to use leg irons as cuffs.
              In God we trust, all others are run MILES and NCIC.

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              • #8
                Whittle the wrists down with a pocket knife
                "You are always just one bad decision away from unemployment, prison or death."

                "My profession dictates that I routinely confront the people that the average citizen fearfully crosses the street to avoid. Then I must endure the criticism of that citizen as he judges my actions from afar."

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                • #9
                  Bad guy: These F**king cuffs are too tight.

                  Me: Nah, your just too fat

                  That really made the suspect mad... Good god, glad I waited until he was in cuffs to **** him off, big fella.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by River Rat
                    Wow what was his blood alcohol level
                    He refused which disappointed me, I was really curious. The really fun part was transporting him. He would not fit into a Crown Vic with a cage so I had to get a wagon. Still a tight fit and he couldn't lift his leg high enough so we had to "roll" him in.
                    Last edited by Metro174; 07-20-2005, 03:06 PM.
                    In God we trust, all others are run MILES and NCIC.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Metro174
                      I arrested a 600+ pound guy for DWI. Only way to cuff him was to use leg irons as cuffs.
                      How Tall was He??

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JHoek
                        Bad guy: These F**king cuffs are too tight.

                        Me: Nah, your just too fat

                        That really made the suspect mad... Good god, glad I waited until he was in cuffs to **** him off, big fella.

                        When they whine to me about them being too tight, I tell em that they are new cuffs and haven't been streched out yet. They need to be broken in.

                        Im sometimes accused of being a smart***......I wonder where they come up with that????

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ProCop75
                          How Tall was He??
                          He was 6'01".
                          In God we trust, all others are run MILES and NCIC.

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                          • #14
                            We arrested a number of steroid abusers, who could not make their arms come together behind their backs. Solution: 2 pair of cuffs, one on one wrist, lock the other empty one to an empty from the other cuff set, then on their other wrist.
                            I used leg irons a lot, sometimes as cuffs.
                            "A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself."
                            John Stuart Mill

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