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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 - 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Firearms Training Systems (FATS) for K9 Training

    Most officers in North America have at one time or another used or seen F.A.T.S. This is a technological advancement that no police agency should be without. Manufactured by Firearms Training Systems Incorporated of Nor cross, GA., this system provides interactive training that puts the officer through a decision making process in potentially lethal situations. The system projects a life size ...
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    Firearms Training Techniques

    Most officers in North America have at one time or another used or seen F.A.T.S. This is a technological advancement that no police agency should be without. Manufactured by Firearms Training Systems Incorporated of Nor cross, GA., this system provides interactive training that puts the officer through a decision making process in potentially lethal situations. The system projects a life size ...
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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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    Improving Reactions To Lethal Force

    The potential for high risk situations is becoming more common as our society continues to deal with an increasing crime rate. As a dog handler, you will be at greater risk for lethal confrontations as a direct result of your K9 applications. There are a number of things that you can do to help you survive such encounters. Many of those ...
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    Hotwall - Coldwall Phenomenon in Building Searches

    On a warm Las Vegas night a muscular German Shepherd searched through a series of dark offices. His deputy sheriff handler followed cautiously behind. At the end of the hallway the deputy saw a large door. He whistled, pointed his flashlight at the wall on the hinge side of the door and said, "Station." The dog immediately obeyed by going to ...
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    Introducing Your K9 to OC Spray

    INTRODUCTION OF "OLEORESIN CAPSICUM" SPRAY TO THE POLICE SERVICE DOG (Ensuring a Positive Learning Experience) INTRODUCTION Since OLEORESIN CAPSICUM ("OC") spray now enjoys almost universal use in the Police community in North America, much has been written about how successfully Police Service Dogs can work through the "OC" environment. Studies and testing have shown that Police Dogs can overcome the spray ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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