A lost child is found with the help of a German Shepherd police dog. And that’s only the beginning of this fascinating look into the life of a police dog 52 years ago!
Published on Jul 9, 2017
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“A profile of Police Dogs, how they are trained, and what happens when they are off the job.”
Reupload of a previously uploaded film with improved video & sound.
Originally a public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
A police dog, often referred to as a “K-9” (which is a homophone of canine) in some areas, is a dog that is trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work. The most commonly used breed is the German Shepherd, although now Belgian Malinois are also fairly popular dogs to use.
In many jurisdictions the intentional injuring or killing of a police dog is a felony, subjecting the perpetrator to harsher penalties than those in the statutes embodied in local animal cruelty laws, just as an assault on a human police officer is often a more serious offense than the same assault on a non-officer. A growing number of law-enforcement organizations outfit dogs with ballistic vests, and some make the dogs sworn officers, with their own police badges and IDs. Furthermore, a police dog killed in the line of duty is often given a full police funeral.
Some breeds are used to enforce public order by chasing and holding suspects, or detaining suspects by the threat of being released, either by direct apprehension or a method known as Bark and Hold. German Shepherd Dogs and Belgian Malinois are most commonly used because of their availability (see List of police dog breeds); however other dog breeds have also contributed, such as Dutch Shepherds, Rottweilers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Giant Schnauzers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers.
– Search and rescue dog (SAR) – This dog is used to locate suspects or find missing people or objects. Bloodhounds are often used for this task.
– Detection dog or explosive-sniffing dog – Some dogs are used to detect illicit substances such as drugs or explosives which may be carried on a person in their effects. In many countries, Beagles are used in airports to sniff the baggage for items that are not permitted; due to their friendly nature and appearance, the Beagle does not worry most passengers.
– Arson dogs – Some dogs are trained to pick-up on traces of accelerants at sites of suspected arson.
– Cadaver dogs – Some dogs are trained in detecting the odor of decomposing bodies. Dogs’ noses are so sensitive that they are even capable of detecting bodies that are under running water…
– Argentine Dogo (protect the officer, attack dog, sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs, sniff out food)
– German Shepherd (protect the officer, attack dog, ground based tracking and air based tracking, locating human remains, locating drugs, locating IEDs, locating evidence)
– Dutch Shepherd (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Belgian Malinois (protect the officer, attack dog, locating IEDs, locating evidence, locating drugs, prisoner transport, human tracking)
– Boxer (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Labrador Retriever (sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs)
– Doberman Pinscher (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Springer Spaniel (sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs)
– Bloodhound (odor-specific ID, trackings, sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs, locating evidence)
– Beagle (sniff out bombs, sniff out drugs, sniff out food)
– Rottweiler (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Giant Schnauzer (protect the officer, attack dog)
– Bernese Mountain Dog (finds missing people)
Police dogs are retired if they become injured to an extent where they will not recover completely…
United States Of America…
On the federal level, police dogs are rarely seen by the general public, though they may be viewed in some airports assisting Transportation Security Administration officials search for explosives and weapons. Some dogs may also be used by tactical components of such agencies as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Marshals Service…