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  1. police dognoun

    any dog trained to assist police especially in tracking


  1. police dognoun

    A canine trained and employed by the police to pursue suspects or sniff out contraband.


  1. Police dog

    A police dog is a dog that is trained to assist police and other law enforcement officers. Their duties include searching for drugs and explosives, locating missing people, finding crime scene evidence, protecting people, and attacking criminals who are fleeing from or attacking police officers. The most commonly used breeds are the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Bloodhound, Dutch Shepherd, and the retriever family. In recent years, the Belgian Malinois has become the leading choice for police and military work due to their intense drive, focus, agility, and smaller size. While German Shepherds are prone to health issues such as hip dysplasia, cancer, and eye problems, a well-bred working line German Shepherd is just as successful as a Malinois. German Shepherds remain the breed most associated with law enforcement.Police dogs are used on a federal and local level for law enforcement purposes, often assigned to a K-9 Unit with a specific handler, and must remember several verbal cues and hand gestures. Initial training for a police dog typically takes between eight months and a year, depending on where and how they are trained, and for what purpose. Police dogs often regularly take training programs with their assigned handler to reinforce their training. In many countries, intentionally injuring or killing a police dog is a criminal offense.In some English-speaking countries, police dog units are referred to as K-9 or K9, which is a homophone upon the word canine.


  1. police dog

    A police dog is a specially trained canine, often a breed such as a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois, that assists law enforcement officers in their duties. These duties may include tracking criminals, locating missing persons, sniffing out illegal substances, detecting explosives, and aiding in rescue operations. These dogs undergo extensive training and form a close partnership with their handler, providing an important resource to law enforcement agencies.


  1. Police dog

    A police dog, often referred to as a "K-9" in some areas, is a dog that is trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work. The most commonly used breed is the German Shepherd, although now Belgian Malinois are also fairly popular dogs to use. In many jurisdictions the intentional injuring or killing of a police dog is a felony, subjecting the perpetrator to harsher penalties than those in the statutes embodied in local animal cruelty laws, just as an assault on a human police officer is often a more serious offense than the same assault on a non-officer. A growing number of law-enforcement organizations outfit dogs with ballistic vests, and some make the dogs sworn officers, with their own police badges and IDs. Furthermore, a police dog killed in the line of duty is often given a full police funeral. Some breeds are used to enforce public order by chasing and holding suspects, or detaining suspects by the threat of being released, either by direct apprehension or a method known as Bark and Hold. German Shepherd Dogs and Belgian Malinois are most commonly used because of their availability; however other dog breeds have also contributed, such as Dutch Shepherds, Rottweilers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Giant Schnauzers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of police dog in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of police dog in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. Boscawen Police Lt. Jason Killary:

    If you get into a biting competition with a police dog, you’re not going to win, they’re pretty good at it.

  2. Southampton Township Patrolman Kyle Heasley:

    Everybody in the community is very supportive and very happy that we now have a police dog, the department's happy, so areall the fellow officers. He's been a great addition to the department.

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