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What Are Police Dogs Used For?

Why Cops Let the Dogs Out

Police dogs have the same job as police officers do, and that is to investigate and identify crimes. They must be loyal, strong, intelligent, instinctive and have an advanced sense of smell. Not every dog has these attributes nor the ability to identify certain elements of a crime, but among the most popular breeds that are trained as police dogs include:

  • German Shepherds
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Bloodhounds
  • Dutch Shepherds
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Argentine Dogo
  • Doberman Pinchers

You may be wondering how these impressive dogs are trained to specialize in detecting things like drugs and bombs. Police dogs must first demonstrate that they can pass obedience training, where they are taught to obey an officer’s commands without delay. Next, these service dogs must show proficiency, at the very least, in endurance and agility training. If a police dog proves its ability to succeed in these two areas, then they will receive specialty training.

Police dogs can be trained in various specialties, the most common ones being:

  • Search and rescue: Police dogs play a significant role in searching for lost victims.
  • Detection or explosive sniffing: In cases involving drugs or explosives, specialized police dogs can be employed to recognize these illicit substances.
  • Arson: If the police need to detect traces of flammable materials in crimes involving arson, police dogs can sniff them out.
  • Cadaver: When law enforcement is looking for missing or dead victims, cadaver service dogs can pick up on the odor of decomposing bodies more effectively than humans can.

Police dogs can be trained to identify a range of evidence and detect possible sources of a crime. These animals have heightened senses of smell and other abilities that humans do not. That being said, they can make mistakes. Just like humans, dogs are not perfect and subject to error.

Thus, if you are facing criminal charges in Okemos, you must put our award-winning legal counsel in your corner right away. Although police dogs may only be one element of the investigation against you, if any, the results may determine the course and outcome of your case. With the help of our seasoned attorney, you can rest assured that we will work to identify investigative flaws as they happen in addition to protect your legal rights at every stage of the process.

Police dogs can bite, but White Law PLLC bites back harder. Contact us at (517) 316-1195 to learn more!

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