Empty Hand Control

Reasonable responses to gain compliance from subjects displaying non-threatening resistance include the use of u201cempty hand techniquesu201d such as escort techniques, pressure points, joint manipulation, control holds, and take-downs.

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Empty hand control is characterized by a level of force that has a low probability of causing soft connective tissue damage or bone fractures. This technique may be very effective in controlling a passive resistance physical or actively resisting subject. This would include joint manipulation techniques and applying pressure to pressure points.

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Note: The use of handcuffs is only allowed if you are committing a citizenu2019s arrest. Always refer to company policies and procedures concerning the use of handcuffs so that you do not commit an unlawful arrest.

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If you have not been trained by a DPS-approved class or curriculum and have documentation as to the training you completed, do not attempt the technique. If someone (including you) gets hurt you can, and more than likely will, be held responsible, both civilly and/or criminally.

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Officers utilizing empty hand control should consider the totality of the circumstance including, but not limited to:

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  1. The potential for injury to the officer(s) or others if the technique is not used.
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  3. The potential risk of serious injury to the individual being controlled.
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  5. The degree to which the pain compliance technique may be controlled in application according to the level of resistance.
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  7. The nature of the offense involved.
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  9. The level of resistance of the individual(s) involved.
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  11. The need for prompt resolution of the situation.
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As with all levels in the use of force model, the application of technique shall be discontinued once the officer determines that compliance has been achieved.

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Note: It is always better to not lay hands on a person. Remember that if you have not received proper training in these techniques, you should not attempt them.