Civil Defence Supply

Research, development, testing, manufacture, supply and training of specialised Defence and Law Enforcement products

History 5



HM Prisons Control & Restraint Programme 1992 to today

Civil Defence Supply first began working in Prisons in 1992 with a team of Instructors trying to improve on a old riot programme called Minimum Use of Force and Tactical Intervention (MUFTI) which was totally inappropriate and unsafe in modern prison culture due to increasing use of bladed weapons, extreme violence and access to drugs.

Over a period of five years these core-Instructors under Aiden Healey created what is now known as Control and Restraint (C&R) which is a series of escalating response options to common everyday in-prison threats ranging from grabs, physical contact and threatening behaviour to more aggressive attack, cell extractions, multiple-threat resolution and finally major incident and riot control.


C&R uses simple-to-teach methods based on Aikido including arm-locks and a number of very effective moves to give a Prison Officer domination over an incident without recourse to affect a restraint, however, when restraining is called for, the attacker is neutralised in highly effective ways delivered by a single officer or team.


When physical assault is threatened using any form of weapon or object an exceptionally strong Armadillo 1200mm (4ft) C&R riot shield is deployed with D-handles allowing the leading officer to withstand the attack and subdue the perpetrator. The interlinking properties of C&R shields allow a wall of plastic to be formed in major incidents with long 1800mm (6ft) Armadillo shields in front and short as the ‘roof’ giving a very high degree of personal protection.

1990 Strangeways Prison Riot

A number of riots had occurred during 1990 the most severe at HMP Strangeways in Manchester where a rooftop protest escalated to a whole-prison takeover. This was the first real test for C&R and mass deployment of the two types of ARMADILLO Interlinking Riot Shield.  Operational reports proved the safety and durability of the shields and viability of the entire C&R programme itself and by the end of 1990 not only was the C&R programme official HM Prisons operational policy but a new training school commissioned at HM Prison Lindholme that up to today is a Centre of Excellence training all prison officers in the very latest methods and procedures under their new title National Training & Support Group (NTSG).


The Scottish Prison Service followed by the Northern Ireland Prison Service then adopted C&R

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