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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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