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    Helpful Hints: Personality Disorders

    The interpersonal relationships of those with personality disorders present a unique problem for law enforcement officers. Police officers who are called into a situation involving someone with a personality disorder often find behavior out of control and violence looming. Officers should remember that this person has adopted a disorderly behavior pattern to protect him or herself from life's stresses. When this ...
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    Scent - Pheremones & Odor

    Compare the canine's nose Inside) to the human nose--it is much longer. The olfactory lobe of the canine is many times larger. Therefore, his brain's ability to register different smells is many times greater than ours. There are different nerves inside of the nose that register smell. One particular gland (running the long way on the roof of the canines mouth, ...
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    Helpful Hints Neurotic Disorders

    In handling someone with overwhelming anxiety, it is important to provide reassurance in order to help that person regain control over panic. It is not helpful for police officers to attempt to persuade the person that the anxiety or panic is unrealistic or unwarranted. Even if officers perceive the reasons for the anxiety and consider them ridiculous, they must recognize that ...
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    Retiring Your Police Service Dog

    Handlers retiring their dogs have many emotional and logistical concerns to consider. Above all, you must remember that your situation is unique. It is reasonable to have a little fear of the unknown, but down deep you will know what is right. Your police dog partner deserves a dignified retirement. Many bureaucrats believe that a police dog is merely a government ...
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    Helpful Hints: Drug-Dependent Behavior

    A person who has overdosed should be treated as a medical emergency, and police officers must be able to recognize the symptoms. Acute opiate overdose is characterized by a marked unresponsiveness, in the presence of very slow or labored breathing. Needle marks and/or tracks will be noted. The pupils are pinpoints, and both pulse and heartbeat are extremely slow. If the ...
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    Reading & Understanding K9 Behavior Language

    The Secret of Communicating With Your Dog Your job as a trainer is to properly read and evaluate your dogs behavior language. This phenomenon of canine communication enables you to use your dogs ability to sense things, read very subtle clues from the dogs behavior, and pick up things which are often overlooked. In police work, a K9 Officer might be ...
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    Putting Teeth Into Your Tactics

    As we continue to sharpen our tactical edge, we look to new tactics and technology. Be it explosives, weapons, ammunition, or electronics, we are always searching for a tool to enhance what we already do and increase our ability to save lives. Among these, the police dog is a tool we are all quite familiar with and one that potentially has ...
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    From the Thin Blue Line: Lessons for PIOs and Law Enforcement Leaders

    **The Insight: A Simple Rule to Guide Your Interactions with Media and the Public** Lately, everyone is talking about The Secret. From what I know about this latest self-help phenomenon, The Secret is so obvious that it really isn't a secret at all. I mean, what's so secret about something that everyone seems to know? Must we be hit over the ...
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    Pack Instincts - Basics Of K9 Behavior

    PACK INSTINCT This module will enable you to understand the socialization patterns of your dog. For us to really understand and be able to communicate fully with our partner we must first learn to think as he does and learn to relate to them the way they relate to us. To be able to do this we must learn about their ...
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    10 Tips for Talking with Kids

    When responding to calls for police service, children can at times be our best sources for information. Whether they are sought out as the only English speaker in a foreign language speaking household to give an account of an incident or they're a victim you need to speak with, the junior members of our society can be a powerful addition to ...
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    Online vs Offline Tracking

    From a street survival point of view, both online and off line methods of tracking have merit. There is also a negative side to both applications. I have trained extensively in each method, and still train officers in both styles, according to what their individual preference is. I have come to the conclu sion that online tracking is the best producer ...
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    Narcotics,Explosives & General Poison Antidotes

    Signs of poisoning vary depending on the type of substance your dog has ingested. If you suspect your dog has consumed some form of poisonous substance, contact your veterinarian immediately. A poison control center can also provid valuable information to you as to what steps to take. Treatment is often identical to treat ment that would be given humans in similar ...
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    More Than Just A Sleeve

    It is difficult, if not impossible, to train or maintain a patrol dog by yourself. At some point you will need someone to search for, apprehend or act as the aggressor to allow the dog to protect you. Over the years this other person has been known by a variety of titles. He has been called an agitator (because he gets ...
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    Mental Preparation

    Mental preparation gives you the inner strengths and capabilities to have the confidence in your abilities, and to over come the uncertainties and fears that often arise in serious and deadly confrontations. Build and maintain an "I will get you, I will survive" attitude. A positive attitude will show, even to the suspect. Control your fear. Allow it to do its ...
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    Leptospirosis - A Threat to the Police Working Dog? - Bob Wright

    A Serious Threat to Working Dogs? In early 2002 I was contracted to train a number of dogs for a high end Security Company to work in a closed and controlled research environment. The new and interesting part was the very strict medical screening and various quarantines had to be complete. Over the years I thought I had developed a great ...
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    K9 Team Stress Management

    Police Officers historically have had high stress levels in their careers. They are prone to heart attacks, high blood pressure, and premature deaths as a direct result of the job we do. Our stresses within the job vary with each shift, and unlike the steady stresses that occur from financial burdens, home difficulties etc., our stress includes those problems, but is ...
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    Learning Concepts

    With the vast training styles available in the world, it has become a common saying that the only one concept any two dog trainers can agree on is what the third one is doing wrong. Even so, regardless of the training techniques used by today’s trainers, most have some degree of success. Even in the last twenty years the concepts of ...
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    K9 Officers Guide To Dealing With Deadly Force Issues - The Aftermath

    Unfortunately it is becoming more frequent for officers in todays law enforcement to get involved in lethal confrontations. Situations are all too frequent that result in the death of a suspect, the officer, an innocent victim, and even the dog. This is a difficult subject to approach as many officers have differ ent viewpoints on deadly confrontations. When you are in ...
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    K9 Officers Approach To Blood Contaminated Scenes - Cautions re: Source of Odor

    On an early fall morning, the 911 dispatcher for the Langley R.C.M.P. Detachment in British Columbia received a frantic call from an elderly woman saying a man had just broken into her home. While she was talking to the emergency operator, patrol members were dispatched to the scene. Corporal Haworth and police service dog Smokey responded to the call to back ...
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    K9 & SWAT Applications

    In my years of training dogs, I have heard a continual increase in the interest expressed in the use of K9 for SWAT applications. In many proactive departments the use of the K9 team in SWAT situations has become an integral part of their operations. Sadly however, many more departments have tried incorporating dogs into their SWAT training only to have ...
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