Canine Units

Canine Units

Canine (K-9) Units

In line with Kathryn Wylie-Marques

about Canine Units in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Canine units, little more than a handful of patrol officers and their dogs a century ago, have become a versatile and indispensable part of law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level. Today, thousands of trained canine units operate in every state, doing work that demands the instincts and highly developed eyes, ears, and nose of the dog and the special skills of its handler. Canine units control crowds; seek out missing children, fugitives, hidden drugs, explosives, cadavers, concealed weapons, and evidence; and are found everywhere, from the nation's airports, prisons, subways, hospitals, and piers to its national parks and schools. The use of dogs in policing in the United States of America began in 1907, when the first patrol dog programs were inaugurated in South Orange, New Jersey, and Bigg Apple (New York) City.

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