Police Dogs in Action (1965 Educational Film)

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).

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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…

Popular breeds

– 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…


2 thoughts on “Police Dogs in Action (1965 Educational Film)

  1. I use the same vet as our State Police. Quite frequently, I’ve seen up to 5 German Shepherds at a time waiting for the vet. Several times, there was one waiting in the car because he couldn’t be trusted around other dogs. It’s so much fun talking with the police and making friends with the dogs. Interestingly, I found out some that are good for police work have personality problems. One drug searching dog constantly looked for drugs around the house after working during the day. They couldn’t stop him from doing that so the handler had to put him outside, but said he’s in a large elegant air conditioned and heated house and has lots of toys. Still, I felt sorry for him. Then another was scared of the vet so much he couldn’t stop shaking. Another attacked the vet, ripped part of his lower lip off and pulled 2 teeth out. Another gorgeous huge black one gave looks to everyone as if to say, “Don’t you dare come near my master or me.” But, I always found most of them are friendly, but the police handlers don’t allow anyone getting close before introduction to their dogs. As expected, a few of the police have their own personality problems, arrogant, and stand-offish.

    These dogs’ behaviors are foreign to me since I never observed anything in the male German Shepherds I had. Gentle, but very protective. Nothing like waking up in the morning to see that stunningly beautiful face greeting you. My second favorite breed. So smart.

    But, the Standard Poodles and Toys, too, beat all the purebreds and mutts I have had. The most intelligent (they’re wiz kids), so easily trained, obedient, versatile, athletic, agile, clever, comical, cheerful, always upbeat, excellent joggers (HA!), very good watch dogs, and fun breed I’ve had. The only downside is they always need haircuts to keep their hair short. Not wanting Poodles at first, you know, it’s the false stereotype, the family agrees and that’s saying something.

    • The Mexican ex-cop I know was San Antonio’s first K-9 officer in the Sheriff’s Dept., probably in the 90s. The local cops periodically kill their partners by leaving them in hot cars. Very, very infuriating.

      Roy Rogers’ dog Bullet was the first German Shepherd I was aware of. Even today, I’ve still spent almost no time with any of that breed. I’ve visited a few at the local dog kennels and had some great fun delivering a bite of pizza to them.

      When I used to take my dogs to the vet, it was always great fun seeing the other dogs and their owners. I can’t even begin to imagine five police dogs in the waiting room. Sweet!

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