The Classic Baton is a melee weapon with low damage but very high knockdown potential. In comparison to the only other baton in game, the Telescopic Baton, they both have almost identical stats. However, the Telescopic Baton has much higher concealment and is unlocked one level earlier, making it a direct upgrade to the Classic. Therefore, the Classic is deemed functionally useless should one own both the Gage Shotgun Pack and Alesso Heist DLC.
It is based on the Monadnock PR-24 fixed side handle baton.
The Classic Baton is seen wielded by the Security Guards and Metropolitan Police officers when confronting players in close quarters. Cloakers also use the Baton to beat up a player who's been kicked, though it deals no damage in this situation, as players have already been incapacitated.