- Paul Oliver
Lenexa Police Department
, Lenexa, KS
The WRAP has proven itself to be a useful tool in the field as well as in the detention area. The ease of deployment and application has prevented use of force situations that otherwise would had to have been utilized had our department not had the "Safe WRAP". We all know that injuries can and do occur, to both officers and suspects, during use of force applications, so new tools that can minimize this should be well received by Police Departments. Thank you Safe Restraints!
- Detective Sergeant Stephen Rowe
Paradise Police Department, Paradise, CA
We have used the WRAP device for several years and it is our primary tool for bringing combative subjects under control. It has been very effective for our department and is easily and safely applied within minutes. Our department trains with the WRAP device approximately once a year and is part of our defensive tactics instruction. I was involved in an investigation of an incident with another agency as a part of an officer involved task force where a subject was able to manipulate his restraints and obtain a lighter he had concealed on his person. The subject then set himself and the transport van on fire. This agency did not have the WRAP device. He certainly met our policy in use of the WRAP and had one been available, I do not believe he would have been successful in his attempt at self immolation. We have used this device numerous times over the years with complete success and without any injury to those placed in the WRAP. The WRAP has been a very effective device for our department and I would highly recommend its use by any agency.
- Rob Nichols #29 / DT Instructor
Paradise Police Department, Paradise, CA
The WRAP is the only authorized restraint system our Department can use PER POLICY. It is safe and effective and has been in use by our Department for over ten years now. We started with the first generation. It was ok and did the job but the second generation is designed much better. It supports the suspect much better and is easier to apply. Having been in the WRAP several times for training and using it in the field I can attest to its effectiveness, affording safety for the suspect and officers. I can also attest that Safe Restraints has stood behind its product. About two years ago one of the straps was starting to tear. I sent it back and it was fixed and shipped back quickly, no charge. Our Department uses the WRAP on a regular basis and we have only good things to say. Thank You, Rob Nichols
- Officer Scott Holslag, Defensive Tactics Instructor/Coordinator
San Diego Police Department
I just wanted to send you a written Thank You for letting me test and evaluate "The WRAP" restraint device for my department. To sum it up "Your device is easy to use and is the best restraint device I’ve ever tested hands down!" My partner and I applied the device to a role player in a combative scenario and we were able to hobble his ankles (love the big straps/Velcro combo) and secure his legs faster than our current maximum restraint device (cord cuff or rip restraint). We each took turns wearing the device and I must say the straight leg WRAP is completely immobilizing and designed very well. For what it’s worth you have my vote and I am in the process of telling anyone who will listen (Command Staff/Chiefs etc.) how valuable this tool is. I really think your product can and will save lives. Thanks again, Officer Scott Holslag
- Chet Mackiewicz
Police Officer & Use of Force Trainer
As a 34 year veteran who still works the street and teaches several Use of Force areas, I have evaluated The WRAP with the Sedalia Police Department (MO). I find it to be a superior law enforcement tool for several reasons.
As a practical recommendation, I suggest that The WRAP be supplemented with disposable spit shields since many of our violent prisoners are likely to try to spit on officers. Those can be easily carried in The WRAP carrying bag since it has extra inside pockets.Training and application is relatively simple but should be practiced ‘hands on’ to allow officers to practice a few applications after having it demonstrated.
- It was developed with EMS and Law Enforcement trainers together to reduce injuries or death to prisoners who are still combative after being taken into custody.
- It reduces damage to patrol cars from prisoners who are still violent after being arrested.
- It allows prisoners to be transported upright (although sideways). They have no breathing restrictions from past methods of violent prisoners sometimes being transported in a prone position. Prisoners or mental health patients can even be transported in a safe and secure manner in an ambulance if they need medical treatment from the initial field situation.
- It eliminates prisoners being able to further hurt themselves by banging their head or face while being transported.
- It minimizes the force needed to put a violent prisoner in a patrol car since they are simply carried into the car rather than being forced by other necessary means. This issue is significant in modern law enforcement since most arrests are witnesses and most people have cell phones with video capability. Although it is appropriate to use reasonable force to get a violent prisoner into a patrol car, it always looks bad to have to use force on a person who is already in handcuffs. The WRAP eliminates that image and shows our officers taking action to protect the prisoner which is far better for public image and our liability.
- It also has a psychological effect on those violent prisoners who are trying to portray a tough image in the street and at the jail. The WRAP puts them in a helpless position and takes away their tough guy image both in the street and when they arrive at jail.
- It has proven to be valuable at Emergency Departments of hospitals where they call police for assistance in controlling ‘out of control’ patients that must be restrained for medical staff to help them. (*It has proven valuable to provide a quick training program for Emergency Department staff so they know not to cut the straps.) In my jurisdiction, where the hospital used to call for police, they now call for police and specifically request The WRAP.
- It provides us with another public relations tool for Police Administration. It allows us to show that our modern law enforcement agencies are taking steps to not only protect the public but to also assure that our ‘uses of force’ are appropriate and we are actually taking steps to protect our prisoners, some of which may not just be violent but may have mental health issues.
- Captain Cherilyn Williams
Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, Lexington, Georgia
Oglethorpe County Jail purchased two WRAP restraint systems two years ago when we opened our new facility. We also purchased a commonly used restraint system which sits in our medical room in the way. The WRAP is a beneficial tool that would assist any agency. Currently we use this product in our jail. I would love to see it used on patrol. It is easy, effective, and doesn’t take up any space at all. The simplicity of the WRAP is unbelievable. Ideally, you would want to have three or more officers to assist in the process. I have put it on by myself easily. The WRAP quickly and most importantly safely modifies the problems that inmates may have. It is safe for your officers as well as the person being restrained. It reduces the likelihood of injury to your officers and the person restrained. It prevents property damage and self-inflicted damage that may occur. It makes the inmate very portable and may be applied to allow for a short-stepped stride to walk. I feel 100% comfortable placing someone under any circumstances in the WRAP and know that if it is applied and monitored correctly, they will be safe. Other restraint devices are not this safe. This has been a valuable tool in the arsenal we have. I would recommend this hands down to any other product. It is cost-effective, reduces agency liability and it is effective. Sincerely,
Captain Cherilyn Williams
- Sargeant Mark Stevens, Training Director
Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased a WRAP restraint system after seeing the product on an episode of the television program "Jail". We contacted the agency that was shown on t.v. using the product and we were advised that it was a remarkable product and that it did everything it was advertised to do. We have been using the WRAP in our Detention Facility for approximately three months and have found the product to be everything it was supposed to be and a whole lot more. We have used the "Aedic" brand restraint chair for several years and have been generally pleased with the chair in specific situations. However, we found that the chair is not conducive to ease of operation during a struggle or altercation. When we discovered the WRAP, we were looking for a simple, effective restraint device that could,
The WRAP gives us all this and then distinguishes itself by being extremely durable, very well constructed and thoroughly portable. We are extremely happy with the WRAP and the results we have seen. The Inmate Housing Supervisors have advised me that they will utilize the WRAP in every situation and have almost completely ceased using the restraint chairs due to their bulky nature and the lack of portability. Additionally, I have found the training video and the training materials supplied with the WRAP to be very well produced and simple to understand. The technical support we have received in response to calls for assistance has been greater than I could have ever imagined. Thank you for your excellent product and I hope that we can continue the association with your company for many years to come. Because of my interest in the safety of the public and my officers, and in order to minimize the City's risk of litigation exposure, we purchased thirty-five WRAPs, one for each of our patrol vehicles
- Be easily transported from area to area within the facility.
- Be effectively deployed by one or two Officers
- Except for extreme ends of the spectrum, work well for all sizes.
- That could be easily decontaminated.
- Had detailed training aids available with the product.
- David T. Lewis, Chief of Police, Antioch, CA
The WRAP is everything that it claims to be, and I highly recommend its use. The WRAP will not only minimize the risk of sudden in-custody death, but also will provide officers with a new millennium restraint product.
- John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D. Vice Chairperson
COO, Defensive Tactics Institute, Inc
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Defensive Tactics Newsletter (DTN)
- Randy K. Holmes, Administrative Commander
San Marcos Police Department, San Marcos, TX
Our department is definitely pleased with our WRAPs that we have been purchasing since last April. The officers are appreciative of this tool that protects them, the detained person, and the officer’s patrol vehicle. (Before purchasing the WRAP, we replaced three patrol vehicle back doors in one year alone which had been damaged by violent transportees). The WRAP is very simple to use and most of all very effective. We chose the soft-cuff version which makes our visits to the Emergency Room much easier now when the doctors treat our detained person and need the person’s arms accessible. We have added a protective helmet to our bag, which further protects our detained person during transport. Also very appreciated is the prompt and courteous service that I have received in dealing with Elaine McTigue and Ron O`Dell.
- Joe Ritz, Superintendent
Lassen County Juvenile Hall
, Susanville, CA
Thank you for the WRAP Training video. We just received it today and next week I am planning on using it (now) during staff training. The WRAP is our preferred piece of equipment for restraining an out- f-control minor in the hall, and keeping staff trained in its use is important. The only piece of equipment that we’ve added to the WRAP bag (we have two) is a football helmet (donated from our high school) to protect the kids from beating their heads against the wall or floor while restrained. Since we've started using the WRAP, most of the violent outbursts from our kids have stopped and now some of the kids are willing to verbalize what is bothering them instead of being physical. Again, thank you for sending the new video.
- Sgt. Thomas Waltz, Defensive Tactics/Safe WRAP Instructor
Davis Police Department, Davis, CA
Dear Safe Restraints,
I would like to make you aware of an incident that took place in our holding facility, and the way in which your Safe WRAP Device assisted in restraining the suspect involved. Approximately 3 weeks ago a drunken domestic violence suspect began smashing her head against the cell door. We were able to reach her before she injured herself. However, due to the fact that she had assaulted officers in the past, and was attempting to injure herself at that moment, she was placed in the Safe WRAP Device. Once in the WRAP, she was placed in a patrol car and taken to the hospital for medical clearance. While at the hospital, she remained in the WRAP, with officers nearby. This paid off, since a short time later, the suspect's husband, who was the victim of her assault, was brought into the same emergency room after trying to commit suicide by ingesting pills. If she was not in the WRAP, the officers would have had to deal with another fight in the hospital emergency room. The WRAP has been used at my agency for six years and is now standard issue in every patrol car and in our holding facility. It is not uncommon that we use the device several times a week to restrain violent or uncooperative suspects. It works well and I don't know how we survived without it.
- Lt. Greg Allbritten
Madison County Sheriff's Department, Danielsville, GA
Safe Restraints: Just a short memo on your product. As a law enforcement instructor, I have seen many items sold for restraint situations. We recently purchased two of your products for our jail. Needless to say, the product was amazing. What impressed me the most was how fast and simple it was to apply. The first day officers called for the WRAP, we handcuffed the inmate inside his cell, brought him out to the pod area and safely and quickly applied the WRAP. Other inmates got a bird's eye view of this product. Now, all we have to do is show up in the pods with the bag and compliance is restored.Thanks for a great product.
Bill Gilkey Yell County Sheriff
- Captain Troy Broddrick
Stockton Police Department, Stockton, CA
As a use of force trainer, I examined several leg restraint systems. Our agency chose The WRAP to meet our needs. We purchased our first unit in 1997 and we now have 57 deployed throughout our patrol division. Our finance department now includes the cost of The WRAP into the purchase of new or additional patrol cars with the intent of outfitting every marked unit with a WRAP in the trunk.
- Aaron Socha, Training Officer
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe, Michigan
With this restraint system, we have the tools necessary to control a subject. This system has allowed our office to control people safely and securely from injury to staff and inmates.
- Sergeant John Liu
Fremont Police Department, Fremont, CA
A note on the WRAP:
We have been using the WRAPs for about ten years and have them deployed in all our police vehicles. We decided on full deployment to limit the time officers are wrestling with these violent suspects. We have never had an issue with an in-custody death or serious injury as a result of using the WRAPs. The WRAP has been an effective tool to restrain violently resisting arrestees. We have found that once the suspects are retrained they eventually calm down. By the time they have been transported to a detention facility, their need for resistance has been quelled. We have completely switched from the older waist style WRAPs to the harness style WRAPs. The harness style not only further negates escape, but adds more restrictive control to the upper body. This has limited the ability of the suspect to injure himself/herself by banging their head against the confines of the police vehicle. I would recommend that officers get proper training prior to using the WRAPs. This training should be updated on a regular basis. We update our officers yearly so that the WRAPs can