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    Taking a Bite Out of Crime - Risk Management for Police Canine Programs

    No administrator, except perhaps the police chief of Beverly Hills if one believes the portrayal in Beverly Hills Cop I, II & III, is immune from the budget pressures of the nineties. Administrators are scrambling to garner federal grants, stretch city and county resources, and recruit private dollars to support their departments. Many savvy administrators are turning to the time-honored police ...
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    CS / Smoke Information Guide

    The following information has been obtained from US Military manuals in regards to Smoke and Riot Agents. This information can be invaluable to anyone training for K9 deployment in chemical munitions. Due to recent unusual events at one of our training programs, we believe there are concerns regarding the use of HC in an enclosed environment and may soon recommend some ...
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    The Dog Day Traffic Stop - Basic Canine Search and Seizure

    "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," according to Shakespeare. Methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs by any other names smell just as bad, particularly when sniffed by a trained and certified narcotics detection dog, according to the United States Supreme Court. Somewhere way back when, someone figured out that a dog is man's best friend. ...
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    K9 Containment Techniques For Patrol

    On a cold winters night early last year I was on routine patrol and observed a car leave from the rear of a commercial property shortly after midnight. It was obvious they were in a hurry. I pulled into the rear of the property and noted that it had been burglarized. I immediately pulled out onto the roadway in pursuit of ...
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    Selecting And Raising The Potential Police Pup

    When buying a puppy for the home, police or security work, take the time to check into various kennels as well as private breeders. Study the pedigrees to ensure purity and attempt to deal with breeders who will place a guarantee on the pup should elbow or hip displasia develop. Reputable breeders will have no hesitation in providing you with such ...
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    Effects Of Pepper Spray On The Police K9

    Since the addition of OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) products to the law enforcement arsenal of non-lethal products there has been much controversy over what effect the product will have on the police service dog. Initially these pepper based products were produced as an effective protection for postal workers to use on dogs encountered on their routes. A 30% solution is even promoted ...
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    The Polygraph Technique Part II: Value During an Investigation

    Each year in the United States hundreds of thousands of polygraph examinations are administered. The primary value of the polygraph technique is to eliminate innocent suspects early during an investigation. This greatly assists an investigation in that investigators can focus their efforts on other suspects. When a suspect is identified as deceptive, frequently the suspect will confess during an interrogation that ...
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    Theory Of Scent - The K9 Olfactory System

    Under ideal conditions, a track footprints) across a nice grassy field with a sufficient delay in time to allow bacteria reaction on the soil causing a good odor is probably the best type of track to have. The problem, however, is how to keep this track from being contaminated by another human beings track--particularly in the city with its large population. ...
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    Electronic Recording of Interviews and Interrogations

    It has long been recognized that a confession is the strongest piece of evidence a prosecutor can produce against a defendant in a court of law. Consequently, any competent defense attorney will attempt to have a confession suppressed by attacking his client’s Miranda waiver or the police interrogation tactics. Historically, these efforts have not proven to be very successful. However, over ...
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    Extended Confrontation K9 Training

    The Importance of Exposure Training for Police Service Dog Teams in Relation to Sustained or Unusual Confrontations Canine is generally a very small community in North America, most likely if you haven't actually met someone in the field, you have heard of them or know another member of their unit. So the stories get around pretty quickly, and everyone hears about ...
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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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    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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    Scent Lineup Article - Police Practice Detection Dog Lineup

    _Special Agent Hargreaves serves in the Office of International Training, Drug Enforcement Administration, Quantico, Virginia._ In Colorado, a bloodhound named Yogi tracked the scent of a kidnapped 5-year-old girl for 7 hours, traveling 14 miles from the site of the abduction. While Yogi rested overnight, police officers found the girl's body only a mile from where Yogi had last followed her ...
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    Self Out - Clean Bitework Everytime!

    Probably the one most common problem officers contact me with is that of control work. How to get a dog off the bite on a sleeve. This can be very frustrating, time consuming, and can can lead to liability concerns. Frequently we look for the quick and dirty fixes, and many are quick to turn to the use of electronic collars ...
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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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    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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    Handler Control vs Bark and Hold Apprehension Techniques

    This particular issue is one that is very contraversial. In short, handler control (commonly referred to as bite and hold) is by far much easier to maintain than bark and hold techniques. Particularly for agencies who do not have access to trained agitators and trainers to ensure their techniques are kept clean. When this article was written, a survey was conducted ...
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    The Use of Police Service Dogs in Crime Scene Location and Related Evidence Gathering

    For those of us who are familiar with the use of Police Service Dogs (PSDs) in evidence gathering, or "Article Search", it is certainly not a big step to think of PSDs as a possible tool in the location of crime scenes. Although dogs have been used with a reasonable amount of success over the years, it is surprising the number ...
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    Witnesses: A critical element in administrative investigations

    When your law enforcement agency conducts an administrative investigation you usually have a complainant and your agency employee. Frequently, the complainant has a witness or two. Your employee often has other agency employees, such as a partner or back-up officer, supervisor and the dispatcher. Other witnesses with little or no allegiance to either the complainant or employee are commonly referred to ...
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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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