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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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    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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    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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    Supreme Court to Hear Incident to Arrest –Vehicle Case

    Supreme Court to Hear Incident to Arrest –Vehicle Case
    *Does the Fourth Amendment require the suppression of evidence obtained incident to an arrest that is based upon probable cause, where the arrest violates a provision of state law?* On September 25th (2007) the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a case in which a person and a vehicle were searched incident to an arrest. The arrest was for operating ...
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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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    The K9 Mission

    _The information in this file is an excerpt from "K9 Officers Manual", available from Ray Allen Mfg at 1-800-444-0404. The dog training book "Dog Training For Law Enforcement" is also available from Ray Allen Mfg._ The primary initiative for the K9 team is to search for and locate suspects or evidence that can be linked to a specific crime scene. The ...
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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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    Administration Considerations - Vendors vs Agency Training

    Over the past 10 years I have given many lectures and seminars throughout North America, and have found that there are many differences in how law enforcement agencies run their K9 units. However there is one common factor with the majority of the agencies that I have been to. Budget constraints almost always hit the dog section of any department before ...
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    Bite and Hold Canines-Warning Required Before Release

    On May 8, 2003 the United States Court of Appeal for the 8th Circuit joined a number of other sister circuits in deciding that a warning prior to the use of a police canine is an essential component of the reasonableness inquiry on use of force. Kuha v. City of Minnetonka, No. 02-1081 (8th Cir. 2003). On September 22, 1999, Kuha ...
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    Canine Sniff of Parked Vehicle Upheld

    Parking Lot Search Valid Under 4th Amendment On April 20th 2004, the Court of Appeals, 1st District of Indiana upheld the use of canines to conduct general exterior inspections of vehicles parked in a high school parking lot. Myers v. State of Indiana, 806 N.E.2d 350 (IN. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2004). After the Scott County School Board authorized the use ...
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    Care & Feeding Tips

    Whatever the dog's primitive diet may have been, it certainly wasn't all steaks and chops, and it did include a great deal more bulk and had an entirely different balance from an all muscle meat diet. Nor was it the sort of diet you would want to feed your dog today if you could. Scientific research has been carried on for ...
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    Concerns Involving Risk Management in Canine Unit Decisions

    A Case Study by Sgt. Ted Atlas, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department Jim Collins, the noted business author, must have been thinking of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department when he wrote, “The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence.” Bureaucracy raised its ugly head in the incident discussed below. In the aftermath a perfectly good dog was removed from ...
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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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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