WHEN FANTASY MEETS REALITY
Occasionally, men who have trained as police officers have very real 'Houdini connections'.
When I first started to design restraint equipment, there was a particular serving London 'copper' always willing to field-test any device; he got a kick out of trying to fight his way out of or destroy it. Tough and determined, he'd put in some serious energy to test whatever I'd designed. That's how we kept the 'Fetters' design quality high ... and, like a lot of cops I've met in both Britain and the USA, this particular London police officer could never resist a challenge ... and watching him struggle and strain and occasionally get very angry when he failed to fight his way to freedom was a great spectator sport.
Also, on occasions, serving police officers have taken an active interest in my research into Houdini-type challenging and testing ... coming up with suggestions and demonstrating their practical efficiency.
Police training exercises are another field where the nature of men who decide to become cops can be seen in action. An officer responsible for teaching handcuffing and baton arrest procedures to police recruits, showed a couple of willing ' victims' a few effective moves for the benefit of my camera.
The psychology behind what attracts some men to become police or prison officers crops up in a couple of Storylines - and I'm looking for more material which describes police attitudes and activities.
The six photo-links at the bottom of this page lead to separate areas where images and text I've put there are already there to spark your imagination - but more would be welcome if they expand on any topic raised.