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Police & Dog Encounters:
Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep Our Communities Safe and Humane

Contents: a series of five informational videos, each approximately 10 minutes long, for professionals:

"It is important for police to develop the instincts and gain the knowledge needed to assess whether a dog poses a real threat or danger. Dealing safely and humanely with dogs is an issue police departments are facing across the country. Terry Hillard, the U.S. DOJ COPS Office, National Canine Research Council, and Safe Humane Chicago have produced a valuable series that can make a critical difference for officers and pet owners. This series of videos is long overdue and will go a long way toward giving officers the tools they need to avoid potentially dangerous situations and to avoid unnecessary loss of people’s pets." – Charles Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department

The National Canine Research Council (NCRC) has funded and developed, in partnership with Safe Humane Chicago, and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), a five-video series that prepares law enforcement officers for interactions with dogs. The videos are available at no cost through the COPS Office Community Policing Learning Portal. The companion booklet, “The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters,” is also available as additional information to the videos.

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