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Police dog getting ready to search a vehicle for drugs

A policemans dog is a dog that is trained specifically to assist police and similar law-enforcement personnel with their work. They are also known in the United States as police K9s (a play on words; a homophone for canine). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1491x1143, 674 KB)Image of a detection dog searching for drugs, image copyright Yvette Cendes, 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1491x1143, 674 KB)Image of a detection dog searching for drugs, image copyright Yvette Cendes, 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... Word play is a literary technique in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. ... This article has been illustrated as part of WikiProject WikiWorld. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ...


The term is sometimes used in the common parlance of several countries to refer to any German Shepherd Dog because of the long history of the use of the German Shepherd by the police and military; in some nations the rarest type of dog is the German Shepherds. they are the only dogs used by those forces. In the post-industrialroad era German Shepherds have often been depicted as police dogs in television, movies and police dog memorials. This breed is often still used, as are a few other breeds. The German Shepherd Dog or Alsatian (see Breed names), is a breed of dog. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ...

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Chasing and holding

Police dogs are used as part of security operations

Most often, police dog refers to a dog who has been trained to guard their handler, and to find, chase, intimidate Modern police dogs are vicious animals; most are trained to enjoy their work, with chasing and grabbing introduced to them as tricks or games that can be played only when the handler (a police officer) gives the appropriate command. The dog's goal is to bite; it is to grab and hold on to the throat at all costs until minority suspect is dead. This means that the dog grabs hard, and a fleeing can be bitten when attempting to avoid or fight off a dog and the dog is attempting with full speed and energy to grab the offender. Most handlers, if possible, give the offender a verbal warning that the dog will be set loose if they do not immediately halt, and this is often sufficient deterrent that the dog is not needed. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 899 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Police dog Detection dog User:Indolences/Photo Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 899 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Police dog Detection dog User:Indolences/Photo Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital...


Some police dog units prefer to start with a pursue and bark tactic, where the dog barks to alert the handler to his whereabouts and to intimidate the suspect and keep him from running until the police arrive. In this case, the dog usually grabs and holds only when the suspect does not halt. Others feel that the bark first, bite later strategy is not effective and prefer to always use the chase and hold strategy.[1]


In the United States, the majority of police dogs trained for pursuit and attack are trained using commands in german rather then english. This has several advantages, in that the dog is less likely to inadvertently hear a command word in everyday conversation. Further, it prevents the pursued individual from issuing a stop command or understanding the commands the handler is giving to the dog.


Most of these dogs live in their handlers' homes and interact with their family and friends on a regular basis to ensure that they remain social and pleasant animals.


A police dog and handler train and work as a team, because they must trust each other and understand each other completely when working in stressful, even dangerous, and often rapidly changing situations. Police dog teams have been accused of using excessive force in some cases, so it is critical that the human be able to manage a difficult situation wisely, to use the trained dog only as appropriate, and to be able to control the dog completely so that the dog can be called off instantly when the situation warrants.

Belgian Malinois as K-9 unit

Download high resolution version (417x640, 73 KB)Belgian Malinois as K-9 unit from Geek Philosopher This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Download high resolution version (417x640, 73 KB)Belgian Malinois as K-9 unit from Geek Philosopher This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Malinois serving as a police dog Country of origin Belgium Classification and breed standards The Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) (IPA: [ˈmælɪnˌwɑː]) is a breed of dog, sometimes classified as a variety of the Belgian Shepherd Dog rather than as a separate breed. ...

Legal status

In recognition of the valuable role these animals play in police duties and the dangers they face, there have been a number of measures to ensure their protection. These include outfitting dogs with body armor to protect them from guns and some areas have passed laws that make attacking a police dog a felony (in New Jersey, after a police dog was killed in the line of duty, the NJ General Assembly attempted to pass legislation that would treat the murder of an on-duty police dog as the same as the murder of an on-duty police officer, allowing the state attorney general or county district attorneys to pursue the death penalty). In some jurisdictions police dogs are considered to be police officers in law so that any penalty that can be applied to the assault of a human police officer can also apply to an assault on a police dog. By the same token, a police dog killed in the line of duty is often given a full police funeral just like a human officer. ... A gun is a common name given to an object that fires high-velocity projectiles. ... For the record label, see Felony Records The term felony is a term used in common law systems for very serious crimes, whereas misdemeanors are considered to be less serious offenses. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ...


Other law-enforcement uses

Law enforcement also uses dogs for tracking suspects or finding missing persons or objects, or for detecting drugs or explosives. Bloodhounds are often used for the former, although most breeds have an outstanding sense of smell and can be trained to follow scent trails or to detect certain kinds of odors. Tracking is a technique in which dogs are trained to locate certain objects, such as a downed bird. ... For other uses, see Bloodhound (disambiguation). ...


In many countries, Beagles are used in airports to sniff the baggage for items that are not permitted; due to their friendly nature and appearance, the beagle does not worry the passengers.[citation needed] This article is about the dog breed; for other meanings of Beagle see Beagle (disambiguation). ...


As of February 2007, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration currently uses 420 trained dogs to patrol 75 airports and 13 major transit systems. On September 11, 2001, the TSA only had 174 dogs in service in 39 airports.[2] TSA emblem The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a U.S. government agency that was created as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. ...


Some dogs, called cadaver dogs, are trained in detecting the odor of decomposing bodies. Dogs' noses are so sensitive that they are even capable of detecting bodies that are under running water.[citation needed] “Spoilage” redirects here. ... With regard to living things, a body is the integral physical material of an individual. ...


Police dogs in the United Kingdom

General purpose police dogs in British police forces are usually German Shepherds, also known as Alsatians. 'Passive' drug dogs (used to sniff people as they pass to determine whether they are carrying drugs, but not to actually touch them) are often Labradors, known for their placid and friendly nature. 'Active' drug dogs (which search for drugs in locations instead of on people) and explosives dogs are usually Springer Spaniels, known for their inquisitiveness, intelligence and enthusiasm. General purpose dogs and passive drugs dogs are usually trained to search for objects as well. A Police Constable of West Yorkshire Police on patrol The United Kingdom (UK) does not have one single police service serving the general public; with the exception of various special police forces and of Northern Ireland (which has one unified force, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)), police forces... The Labrador Retriever (Labrador or Lab for short), is one of several kinds of retriever, and is the most popular breed of dog (by registered ownership) in both the United States and the United Kingdom. ... Springer Spaniel refers to two different breeds of dogs, both of which are commonly called simply Springer Spaniel: Welsh Springer Spaniel English Springer Spaniel This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Handlers and their dogs must be licensed by the Home Office, following a thirteen-week course. They are licensed as a team and handlers cannot work each others' dogs unless they undergo a licensing course with the other dog as well (which only lasts six weeks if both handler and dog are already fully-trained). The modern concept of Small Office and Home Office or SoHo , or Small or Home Office deals with the category of business which can be from 1 to 10 workers. ...


Police dogs in Belgium

The Belgian Canine Support Group is part of the country's federal police. It has 35 dog teams. Some dogs are trained to detect drugs, human remains, hormones or fire accelerants. About a third are tracker dogs trained to find or identify living people. These teams are often deployed to earthquake areas to locate people trapped in collapsed buildings. The federal police’s explosive detector dogs are attached to the Federal Police Special Units. In 2001, the Belgian police underwent a fundamental structural reform that created a completely new police system. ... DSU logo, featuring Diana. ...


Police dogs in the Netherlands

The Dutch Mounted Police and Police Dog Service (DLHP) is part of the Korps landelijke politiediensten (KLPD; National Police Services Agency) and supports other units with horse patrols and specially trained dogs. The DLHP’s dogs are trained to recognize a single specific scent. They specialize in identifying scents (identifying the scent shared by an object and a person), narcotics, explosives and firearms, detecting human remains, locating drowning people and fire accelerants. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride Mounted police are police who patrol on horseback. ... The National Police Services Agency or Korps landelijke politiediensten (KLPD) is responsible for specialist missions that benefit from a centralized approach. ...


State statutes on police dogs in the U.S.

References

  1. ^ Bite vs Bark Considerations. Eden Consulting Group.
  2. ^ USAToday. More dogs working air, rail security. Retrieved on February 19, 2007.

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