First off… I think K-9 units are the biggest asset to the department since the police car. Seriously. They are more versatile than any other officers out there…But I know K-9 handlers only took the job so they would no longer have to transport people to jail… but I digress.
Having witnessed several K-9 training sessions and on real-life take down… I’m convinced that K-9 officers have been given too much to say before releasing the dog, or they apparently get just as excited as the dog when things are about to get “dynamic.”
How many of you have heard the following: THISISDEPUTYMARCUSWITHTHESHERIFF’SDEPARTMENTCOMEOUTNOWWITHYOURHANDSINTHEAIRORI’MGOING TORELEASETHEDOG.THEDOGWILLBITEYOU.COMEOUTNOW!
From most K-9 officers those commands come out as one word in the space of about two full seconds. When I’m taking someone into custody I’m required to give clear and concise commands. Sometimes I even have say, “Do you understand me?” before I escalate to a higher level of force.
Two words for the K-9 corps: Slow down. I know the situation is serious, but people need to hear those commands to make sure all the actions stand up in court.