In the world of law enforcement, officers tap the skills of their canine companions to fight crime. Unfortunately, the sometimes dangerous job of a K-9 officer can bring out many misconceptions. While it is not possible to debunk all of them in this post, we will focus on the most prevalent one.
Many people see K-9 officers as vicious, attack dogs. This is just not the case. Police dogs are trained to do specific jobs but they are still companion animals. When they are off duty, they live with their handlers and families just like any other dog.Didn’t catch that? This explains it.
While restraining suspects is part of a K-9 cop’s job, it is not what they do every day. Most dogs are used more for the skill of their noses than the sharpness of their teeth. When searching a large building or field for people, drugs or anything else of interest, one dog can sweep an area that would take more than a dozen human officers.
These four-legged police members are vital assets to law enforcement. They are able to perform so many functions that we, as humans, just were not designed for. While myths abound, these dogs are truly man’s best friend.