A Police Officer’s Dependable Friend-A police Dog

A Belgian Malinois of a police K-9 unit.

A Belgian Malinois of a police K-9 unit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“So long as brooks flow seaward, like the shadows 

Play over mountain slopes, and highest heaven

Feeds the stars, your name and your distinction

Go with me, whatever lands may call me.”

(Virgil. The Aeneid. Bk I. 827-830)

A strong bond of friendship, loyalty, and love exists between the Police Officer and the Police Dog. In time of need, to protect the officer, a Police Dog will not consider the extent of injury he will receive or if he will survive through to see the success. He follows the command of his Handler without his own judgement. Nothing lives forever, not even the brave, but these Police Dogs with their normal behavior leave a mark of distinction behind them. Compromise on bravery and morals is not part of their training. Often we have seen tears in the eyes of the Police Officer when his Dog is hurt, so strong is the bond between them.

A Police dog, often called a “K-9” is a dog that is trained specifically to give help to Police and other law-enforcement staff in their work. German shepherd is the most commonly used breed. Intentional injuring or killing a Police dog is a very serious offense

English: A badge of a police dog within the Ne...

English: A badge of a police dog within the New York Police Department (K 9 unit), dog 46 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in many jurisdictions. Most of these trained dogs wear ballistic vests, are sworn officers, with their own Police badges and ID’s.

Some breeds of dogs are used to keep up public order. German Shepherd and  Belgian Malinois are most commonly used for this purpose. Some other breeds which are used for the same purpose include Dutch Shepherds, Rottweilers, Boxers, Doberman Pincers, Giant Schnauzer, American Pit Bull terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers. These dogs are trained to chase and hold the suspects by a method known as Bark and Hold. The law enforcement agencies use different breeds of dogs to do  varied roles:

  • Bloodhounds are mostly used for locating suspects or for finding missing people or objects. Theses are called SAR (search and rescue dogs). They are also used for locating odor-specific ID, tracking, sniffing out bombs, drugs and locating evidence
  • Beagles are used in airports as detection dogs or explosive sniffing dogs. These dogs detect illicit substances such as drugs and explosives, and sniff the baggage for items that are not permitted.
  • German Shepherds are attack dogs. They protect the officer and do ground based tracking as well as air based tracking. They find human remains, drugs, IED’s, and are trained to find evidence.
  • Labrador Retrievers sniff out bombs and drugs.
  • Bernese Mountain Dogs find missing people.
  • Argentine Dogo‘s sniff out bombs, drugs, and food.
  • Belgian Malinois are trained to find IED’s, find evidence, drugs, prisoner transport, and human tracking.
  • Dutch Shepherd, Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer are trained as attack dogs who also protect the Police Officer.

Police Dogs are retired if they become injured to an extent where they will not recover completely, are pregnant, are raising puppies, or are too old to continue to work.

Police Dogs of Canine subway transit unit are trained in a very special way. They work in challenging deep environment where multitude of humanity passes through the transit. The Police Officer

NJ Transit Police K-9 officer, with dog.

NJ Transit Police K-9 officer, with dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

does not know who is the target and who is the terrorist. They work deep underground where crime can unfold in a heartbeat. Millions of people pass through transit. The labyrinth of concrete and steel can prove to be a hostile underworld. The serious issues are the stairs, slippery floors, loud noise of the trains, and massive amount of people who pass through the subway. These dogs are trained to filter out the other distractions of their extreme environment, and stay on point. If a call comes in that a robbery is in progress, the Police Officer and his dog are the first to respond. A German Shepherd can bite down with 240 lbs of pressure. With training their grip and confidence increases.

Police Dogs need to have a lot of confidence and the Police Officer in charge  does everything to boast up that confidence. The Officers make sure that the dogs believe that they will win in the adverse situation. In every training exercise the confidence of the Dog is built up.

The worst dilemma of a Police Officer is to know that he can put the dog in a situation where he can be killed. For all Police Officers it is the hardest thing to do. Police dogs are the vital tools for the Police department and the Police Officers know that no matter how much they love their dogs, and train with them every single day, but their main job is to get the criminal. These Police Dogs can take down armed men without any hesitation and hence can lose their life in a moment. They are never afraid so they are always brave. Owing to their training, these Police Dogs never fail in their purpose and duty.

If the Police Dogs are killed in the line of duty they get the same honors as their human partners. Their handlers make all the decisions about their most loyal and loved partners.

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Bellevue Office...

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Bellevue Officer Jim Bartley, gets pounced on by Leda, a Lavista Police Dog, during a routine joint training with Offutt handlers and military working dogs on April 10. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

© Samina Iqbal. 2013

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About saminaiqbal27

I am a free lance writer who loves to write on social issues in particular. I am a house wife and my husband Dr. Shams Iqbal offers all the support and encouragement so that I can pursue my passion for authorship and other cause which is dear to me. My lifelong mission in life is to offer my support for the police officers who need to be supported and protected by general public like us. My inspiration to do this comes from my personal experiences of some of the greatest police officers whom I have witnessed do great deeds for the good of humanity. I am so inspired and fascinated to support this law enforcement group. On the other hand I like music, movies specially classics, I am a fashion geek, English and American literature are my passions.
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11 Responses to A Police Officer’s Dependable Friend-A police Dog

  1. Most people don’t realize the major role the K-9 unit plays in law enforcement. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Great post!

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  3. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks!

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    • Thank you so much for camping at my blog. Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Looking forward to many many more visits, the campground is reserved for you the year round. I spent sometime on your blog and I have found it enriching and truthful. I would be going through the areas I could not browse on this visit. Well thanks for everything and take care.

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  4. sandrabranum says:

    I remember reading about the German Shepherd that starred in the movie “K-9” with Jim Belushi being killed in the line of duty. I cried…

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    • Yes I can understand. These dogs are so amazing, and the human connection with them is fascinating. Thanks for the visit. Please come again. I love your blog and specially your poetry.

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  6. Samina,

    As I begin to explore your blog, I am impressed by your presentation of the topic. You’ve conveyed not only information about the Police Dog’s training and working conditions we humans would find most challenging if put in the same spot, but you’ve also given us a sense of the heartbeat of a trained and always dedicated Police Dog. They truly are amazing animals. I learned a lot from your post. I did not know that Labrador Retrievers sniff out drugs and bombs. (We had a black lab.) Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow.

    Betsy

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