Outstanding new resource for police officers who encounter dogs in the line of duty

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) just published a new manual for police officers entitled “The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters.” The manual was developed by the University of Illinois Center for Public Safety and Justice Institute of Government and Public Affairs; the Best Friends Animal Society; and Safe Humane Chicago to develop, in collaboration with the National Canine Research Council. Americans love dogs. There is roughly one dog for every four people in the United States, and they live in a variety of relationships with humans. Because dogs are such a part of American society, police routinely encounter them in the line of duty, not just when responding to calls about inhumane treatment or when dogs are seen to present a danger to people. Officers encounter dogs in the course of almost every kind of police interaction with the public, from making traffic stops and serving warrants, to interviewing suspects and witnesses, and even pursuing suspects. The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters discusses tools, practices, and procedures that contribute to effective responses to dog-related incidents and encounters where dogs are present. Primary goals include ensuring public and officer safety and considering community needs and demands.