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So Help You, DogHow does a canine cop become a "sworn officer?"

By Brian Palmer
Posted Friday, July 18, 2008, at 1:53 PM ET


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A police dog from DeKalb County, Ga., was shot in the face by a fleeing suspect on Thursday morning. Local investigators say the animal, whose name is Twan, is a "sworn officer."  How does a police animal take the oath of office?


Sometimes with a bark but usually with human help. Human police officers are typically sworn in at a brief ceremony attended by the new officers' families and friends. Canine swearing-in ceremonies, on the other hand, tend to be public events celebrating the role of police dogs. In some cases, the police chief administers the human oath of office to the dog, and the handler affirms on the dog's behalf. In rare instances, the dog is trained to bark in affirmation of the oath. When the ceremony is complete, the dog is presented with a badge to wear on its collar.


There is no legal significance to swearing in a canine officer. Anyone who kills a federal law enforcement animal will face fines and up to 10 years in prison, but there is no sentence enhancement if the animal has taken an oath. Similar statutes exist to protect police animals from malicious injury in every state but South Dakota—but these, like the federal law, apply to every canine cop, not just the ones that bark, "I do."


Have a great day and keep safe!
Judy

"Until one has truly loved an animal, a part of their soul remains unawakened".

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

Ours all have standard Trooper ID cards as well as wearing a badge. We don't have an actual swearting in ceremony though. Nice touch, I'll have to consider it.


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My K-9 carries a badge, that the Sheriff purchased for her. It states K-9 Deputy For our county. I will bring her into the next swearing in ceromony in 2009.  Good idea

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This is fantastic Ic4sanders and DFrost, I hope more K9 officers/handlers will follow you and do the same!! 


Have a great day and keep safe!
Judy

"Until one has truly loved an animal, a part of their soul remains unawakened".