Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U01-07
Department-Issued Restraining Devices
Issue Date:29 February 2012Effective Date:29 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 28 August 2002; G02-06
Index Category:Department Equipment
I.Department-Issued Restraining Devices
  • A.The Equipment and Supply Section will maintain an inventory of authorized Department-issued restraining devices and will provide:
    • 1.the initial issue to authorized units.
    • 2.additional or replacement restraining devices for those that are reported lost, stolen, or damaged upon receipt of the appropriate reports approved through the chain of command.
  • B.District/unit commanding officers will:
    • 1.maintain the unit inventory of authorized Department-issued restraining devices.
    • 2.establish procedures for the storage, maintenance, and distribution of restraining devices, carrying cases, keys, and cutters issued to the unit.
    • 3.when appropriate, authorize the issuance of leg irons to specific units / assignments under their command.
    • 4.when necessary, request additional or replacement restraining devices by submitting a To-From-Subject report to the Chief, Bureau of Administration, Attention: Commanding Officer, Equipment and Supply Section; and attaching any relevant supporting documentation.
  • C.Station supervisors will ensure that:
    • 1.handcuffs, carrying cases, and keys are available for issue to sworn members who do not possess handcuffs.
    • 2.flexible restraining devices are available for issue to members in mass arrest situations or when there is not a sufficient number of handcuffs available to members requesting them.
    • 3.leg irons are issued to any sworn Department member authorized to make a removal from the unit's lockup facility.
    • 4.leg irons are issued to any sworn Department member authorized by the district/unit commanding officer.
  • D.A Department member requiring temporary issuance of any Department restraining device will:
    • 1.record the issuance and return of Department handcuffs, carrying cases, keys, and flexible restraining devices on the Personal Equipment Log.
    • 2.record the issuance and return of Department leg irons on the Leg Iron Control Sheet.
    • 3.be responsible for the inspection, care, security, and return of such item(s).
II.Procedures for Leg Iron Distribution and Return
  • A.Detention aides/lockup keepers will:
    • 1.ensure personnel authorized to make a removal from the lockup are issued a set of leg irons for every arrestee being removed.
    • 2.use the Leg Iron Control Sheet to record issuance and return of the leg irons.
    • 3.notify the station supervisor when an arrestee is returned to the lockup without the leg irons issued.
  • B.Transporting officers will:
    • 1.obtain leg irons from lockup personnel prior to removing the arrestee from the lockup facility.
    • 2.sign for the item on the Leg Iron Control Sheet.
    • 3.when the nature of the transport is:
      • a.one way (e.g., transport to court), promptly return the leg irons to the lockup facility upon completion of the transport.
      • b.round trip (hospital run, interview, etc.), ensure that any relief officer is made aware of the location of the leg irons.
    • 4.when returning an arrestee to the lockup, record the return of the leg irons on the Leg Iron Control Sheet.
  • C.Relief officers assigned prisoner guard or transportation assignments will:
    • 1.verify that a set of leg irons has accompanied every arrestee.
    • 2.obtain leg irons from the officer being relieved.
    • 3.notify the station supervisor when leg irons did not accompany an arrestee.
    • 4.request that the station supervisor ensure delivery of a set of leg irons to their location when leg irons did not accompany an arrestee.
      NOTE:
      If leg irons are not available (prisoner detail, transport to court, etc.), the requesting officer will document the non-availability by submitting a To-From-Subject report to the commanding officer of the unit of detention.
    • 5.after receiving a set of leg irons and returning an arrestee to the lockup facility, the relieving officer will record the return of the leg irons on the Leg Iron Control Sheet.
  • D.Station supervisors will:
    • 1.inspect the Leg Iron Control Sheet during the required inspection of the lockup.
    • 2.when leg irons have not been returned to the lockup personnel in a reasonable amount of time, attempt to locate or recover the leg irons.
    • 3.when attempts to locate or recover leg irons have failed, initiate an investigation, and ensure that the appropriate reports are generated and copies are forwarded through the chain of command to the Commanding Officer, Equipment and Supply Section.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
98-112 / 12-003 DAA/WAL(PMD)/SB