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Law Enforcement Restraints

The restraint and control of prisoners is one of the most important aspects of officer safety for both law enforcement and corrections personnel. Prisoners who are improperly or inadequately restrained pose an immediate threat to the safety of the personnel responsible for their control and custody, and ultimately, to the safety of the general public.

NIJ has published Criminal Justice Restraints Standard 1001.00. This is a voluntary performance standard for restraints for use by the criminal justice community. It addresses wrist-to-wrist and ankle-to-ankle restraints. It defines performance requirements and outlines methods used to test performance. The standard includes additional restraints technology. Single use restraints as well as nonmetallic and high security restraints are addressed. To download the standard, go to A companion document, Criminal Justice Restraints Certification Program Requirements, NIJ CR-1001.00 will be published soon.

As of September 14, 2016, NIJ has discontinued this Compliance Testing Program for Metallic Handcuffs. Please see (FRN) for more information.

In accordance with the Federal Register Notice 81 FR 63225, Document Number 2016-22057, the Consumer Product List (CPL) of models tested and found to comply with NIJ Standard-0307.01 will continue to be available on JUSTNET at (link) until September 14, 2017, after which time it will be taken down.



Mark Greene, Ph.D.
Policy and Standards Division Director
Office of Science and Technology
National Institute of Justice (DOJ)
Phone: (202) 307-3384


Metallic Handcuffs Compliance Testing Program