About five years ago St Helier Honorary Police were trained to use Hiatt rigid bar handcuffs and, as a serving Police officer using them, the inventor of Cyclone handcuffs was trained always to double lock the handcuffs. He was told in training, if a Police officer arrests a person who fights as they are arrested, the handcuffs could not be double locked due to the violent struggling of the prisoner. When they are placed in the transport vehicle and are taken to the Police station the prisoner will invariably bang the handcuffs on the seat or the side of the vehicle closing the cuffs tighter on their wrists, marking their skin. They then accuse the arresting officer of brutality.
The inventor of Cyclone handcuffs had seen other Police officers on the street and on various TV programs with the same problem so he started a long journey buying all sorts of handcuffs, chopping them up to try all kinds of ideas that might or might not work.
After finding the perfect solution, he patented the idea and persuaded a London based engineering company to manufacture ten pairs of prototype handcuffs to prove to himself and others that his idea would work.
After a lot of searching he eventually found his present manufacturer, the same people who make the Quikcuffs, who had the presence of mind to 'give it a go' and they are now supplying some Jersey Honorary Police officers with Cyclone handcuffs as well as an increasing number of other officers around the World who realise that they are usually exactly the same as the official Police issue except with a very quick button locking system to prevent over tightening. The feedback has been excellent and users are very impressed with how easy they are to operate.
As a footnote, it is strongly rumoured that the Metropolitan Police in London are now considering withdrawing their current issue of rigid handcuffs because of the extremely high incidence of injury currently being caused to prisoners. Cyclone handcuffs are arguably the best handcuffs in the World and extremely good value when you consider exactly how much less the Police forces who decide to use them are going to pay out on injury claims.
Stop press! We are going to have these back in stock very shortly so check back at the beginning of March. We will also be producing at least three new models