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Overview

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A police officer holding handcuffs.

Handcuffs are an item in Jailbreak, used to arrest prisoners or criminals breaking the law. They are immediately put into a police officer’s inventory when they spawn in, along with a Pistol and Taser. By arresting them, their hands will be forced behind their backs and cannot move except jumping. And will be teleporting them to their cell with a 20 second punishment time.

Arresting Prisoners

You can only arrest prisoners if they successfully Pickpocket a guard, carry an item (except the taser and handcuffs), cause damage to Police or Prisoner, hit the electrical box at least once, or if they make it inside the Police Station or the Visitor's building or an unauthorized area. You will lose $25 if you attempt to arrest or become a prisoner yourself if you repeatedly arrest an innocent prisoner.

Arresting Criminals

Unlike arresting Prisoners, you can arrest Criminals anywhere you want. The Criminals you probably want to be looking for are the one's that have higher Bounty. Criminals would most likely reside in places like the Jewelry Store, Bank, and Museum.

Breakout

Criminals have the ability to break fellow criminals out of handcuffs. This can be done relatively simply, by holding E on your comrade's back (be warned that you will lose your guns, bounty, items (except Handcuffs or Tasers), and keycard, when you get broken out of the handcuffs). It is important that you take care of the cop before tending to your friend, though, as this will not be effective if you are arrested in the process of attempting to save your friend. It's best to tend to yourself before helping others. There used to be a glitch when the E prompt for the breakout feature does not appear, meaning you can't break out your comrade. This has not yet been patched, although the glitch happens a lot less often now. After a recent update, Prisoners can break out other Prisoners, but the E circle doesn't always appear for Prisoners.

Ejection

Cops are also able to eject you from your vehicle by simple pressing E when their handcuffs are equipped. This effect makes it so that you can not get in a vehicle for a couple of seconds. When a player is ejected they will stand on top of their car just like when they hop out. If a helicopter is ejected all the players on the helicopter can still use a parachute.

Glitches

  • There is a glitch where you cannot arrest players with handcuffs. This is usually the result of server lag.
  • Police can put handcuffs in Bed Drawers, switch to a prisoner, and use the handcuffs as prisoners. But they can't do anything with it. Though they are often just trying to impersonate or disguise themselves as cops.
  • Sometimes when prisoners have just escaped using the explode wall method, they are on the criminal team, but you can't arrest them. This method was replaced by the fence escape in the 1 Year Anniversary update. But replaced back in the Sewer Update.
  • Due to server lag, you can get arrested from far away.

Trivia

  • The handcuffs are modelled after the handcuffs from the LEGO® Hero Factory series of toys.
  • Like the Taser, this doesn't resemble to what it looks inside your inventory.
  • The handcuffs actually have a reload time of around 1.5 seconds.
  • The Taser and Handcuffs have not received a model change in any update, while the weapons have received one.