From the Desk of Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr.

Recently, NYC Mayor de Blasio signed Bills into law regarding the temporary restraint of a combative subject while being taken into custody and handcuffed. Some of these practices, such as kneeling on someone’s back, are a safe momentary restraint technique to minimize the movement of a combative subject and reduce the risk of injury to both the subject and law enforcement professional. These safe practices are now a crime in NYC and can no longer be utilized which creates a higher risk of injury to a combative suspect while effectuating a lawful arrest. In response to these new laws, the City of Yonkers, along with other Westchester County Police agencies, will prohibit their officers from entering the borders of NYC. In light of these events and for the protection of the members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, I have issued the following Directive effective immediately.

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Article | by Dr. Radut