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Our chief has issued an order prohibiting us from using hinged cuffs. He says they are not specifically addressed in the academy training and are not in the approved equipment list. I just got out of the academy 3 years ago and I know we trained with them but could not prove that they were in the curriculum. Does anyone have any knowledge or direction where I can take this? I think part of the problem is he's trying to get accreditation.
 

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I would suggest contacting the Statewide DT coordinator for the MPTC as he would probably be able to provide you with specific information regarding the DT curriculum. I recall the DT instructors telling us to use either style of cuffs, whatever we preferred and felt comfortable with because we were the ones using them. Ofcourse that was followed by the invaluable advice, "as you train, so shall you perform".

As far as I remember the MPTC contact is a Springfield Officer. His name and contact numbers listed off the MPTC website are below.

Dave Standen (413)-784-1695 or (413)-218-4510.
 

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As I recall during DT last year, the instructor said the same thing as far as linked or hinged, its a matter of preference.

My Suggestion would be to contact your DT instructor and see if he would be willing to give you a letter or some documentation citing the use/training with both pairs.
 

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What are the benefits of hinged cuffs as opposed to chain cuffs? I would think that wrestling around with somebody, you would want chain cuffs because they are not as rigid. But I see the benefit to the hinged cuffs (control).
 

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I carry a set of chain and a set of hinge cuffs on my belt. I carry the hinge cuffs up front. I thought about those new ASP cuffs. My buddy bought a pair and I trust my kids plastic cuffs more than those. A friend in this current academy class at Agawam told me that the DT instructors would not let them use hinge cuffs. I don't know how true that is.
 

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I have hinged cuffs myself,Iwill be buying chained alsofor this reason.
Hinged cuffs are good for adults but not so good for juvenils due to there
small wrist.The teeth on the chain cuffs close more than the teeth on the
hinged.This stops them from slipping out of the cuffs.
 
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