No. “Chokeholds” and “strangleholds” are, by their very definition, designed to restrict airflow. Because of the obvious danger, these types of holds were eliminated from our use of force policy years ago. We do allow officers, if they have been trained (only 12 of 68 commissioned police officers) and only in specific situations, to utilize a Carotid Control Hold. The Carotid Control Hold is reserved for situations that compromise an officer’s ability to utilize other physical techniques when apprehending a violent offender to prevent harm to the officer or a citizen. The Carotid Control Hold is a technique that does not permit body weight, including the placement of the leg, to be applied on the vascular area of the neck. This is substantially different from a “chokehold” in that it does NOT restrict airflow.