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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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