IGAI recommends that the police stop handcuffing detainees to chairs and tables. PSP assumes this may have happened “one time or another”


The Inspectorate-General for Internal Administration (IGAI) recommends that the PSP, GNR and SEF stop handcuffing detainees to existing furniture in police facilities, considering that “the handcuffs must be carried out discreetly”.

The recommendation, signed by the inspector general of Internal Administration, Anabela Cabral Ferreira, is addressed to the national directorate of the Public Security Police, the general command of the National Republican Guard and the national directorate of the Foreigners and Borders Service and asks the elements of the security forces to security so that they do not handcuff detainees to chairs, tables or any other furniture.

The IGAI considers that “the use of metallic handcuffs or other handcuffing devices constitutes a coercive means”, which restricts the freedom of movement and action of detainees and must be carried out “in a discreet and appropriate way for the purposes of safeguarding physical integrity”. elements of the security forces and services and the protection of life and physical integrity” of detainees.

The entity that supervises the action of the police considers that “it is not suitable for these purposes to handcuff existing furniture, namely, in areas where police facilities pass through”.

Contacted by Lusa, the president of the Association of Police Professionals (ASPP/PSP), Paulo Santos, said that handcuffing detainees to furniture in police stations “is not a usual practice” at the PSP, but admitted that “an or again”.

Paulo Santos explained that this recommendation by the IGAI will be based on some complaints made by citizens to that general inspection.


Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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