Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley is directing his deputies not to conduct any enforcement action within the confines of the City of New York. This is a direct response to legislative action there about the temporary restraint of a combative subject while being taken into custody and handcuffed.
Langley believes that kneeling on someone’s back is a safe, momentary restraint technique to reduce the risk of injury to both the subject and law enforcement.
Several Westchester County Police agencies previously prohibited their officers from entering the borders of New York City now that the offense is punishable as a misdemeanor. The only standing exception for Putnam County Sheriff's Department members to enforcement action is to pick up a prisoner already in the custody of another agency. Other requests must be made before action is taken.
Langley says the directive is meant to protect deputies from criminal prosecution for actions consistent with their training and department policy.