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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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    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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    Five Points To Obtain Admissibility of Tracking Evidence

    1. Handler is qualified by training and experience to handle the dog, and interpret his actions. 2. The dog is adequately trained to track human scent. 3. Experience shows the dog has been a reliable tracker of human scent. (This is where the value of a dog log is invaluable.) 4. The dog was placed on the track where circumstances indicated ...
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    Tracking Techniques - Officer Survival Issues

    Deputy Kevin O'Shaugnessy of the King County Sheriff Office were called to track an armed robbery suspect who was armed with a .357 magnum revolver. At the start of the track the officer was accompanied by two backup officers who were both armed with shotguns. During the track both backup officers got separated from the dog handler and he was subsequently ...
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    Training Tips!

    From the CPCA Quarterly 1. Get the dog to bond with you. All future training depends on this. 2. Never chastise or scold him unnecessarily. Only immediately after an accident. Never, if you are not sure the dog understood perfectly what was wanted of him. Deliberate disobedience must be instantly dealt with. 3. Remember a dog cannot ask questions, neither can ...
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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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    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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    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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    Criminal Psychological Profiles Of Fleeing Suspects

    The Calgary City Police dog section once did a study on how the brain performs under certain situations. The initial step was to go to the local university and enquire how the brain works given certain circumstances. After gleaning the information provided there, it was compared to a number of successful tracks that had been completed by members of the section. ...
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    Criteria For Dog Handler Selection

    Criteria For Dog Handler Selection 1. Full time law enforcement officer with a minimum of three years of patrol duty. 2. Handler should exhibit ability to work independently and unsupervised. 3. Handler should not exhibit abusive sick leave, nor have a founded excessive force complaint. 4. Candidate should be expected to have facilities to properly house a departmental canine. 5. Candidate ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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