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Restraint Methods

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to police forces on methods of restraint, with particular reference to positional asphyxia. [15806]

The Association of Chief Police Officers has issued detailed guidance to all police self-defence trainers on this subject. This deals with the circumstances in which positional asphyxia is most likely to occur, risk factors, and how to recognise the symptoms and give first aid. The recent HMIC report of Officer Safety also made particular reference to the need for Police officers to have training in first aid and the care of individuals who have been restrained.