Sunday, July 07, 2013

Dog shootings by police was the focus of U.S. Department of Justice 2012

The issue of dog shootings by police was the focus of a recent U.S. Department of Justice report suggesting that departments add specialized training focused on teaching officers how to safely interact with dogs.

The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters

Abstract: Americans love dogs. There is roughly one dog for every four people in the United States, and they live in a variety of relationships with humans. Because dogs are such a part of American society, police routinely encounter them in the line of duty, not just when responding to calls about inhumane treatment or when dogs are seen to present a danger to people. Officers encounter dogs in the course of almost every kind of police interaction with the public, from making traffic stops and serving warrants, to interviewing suspects and witnesses, and even pursuing suspects. The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters discusses tools, practices, and procedures that contribute to effective responses to dog-related incidents and encounters where dogs are present. Primary goals include ensuring public and officer safety and considering community needs and demands.

Product ID: COPS-P206
Publication Date: 08/15/2012
Author(s): Cynthia Bathurst, Donald Cleary, Karen Delise, Ledy VanKavage, Patricia Rushing
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