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<p>This dog is behind a fence, which is good. Now to keep it safe, the owner should call it into the house until the officer has left. (Photo: National Canine Research Council)</p>

Dog Owners Can Prevent Violent Encounters Between Police and Their Pets  

November 4, 2014

While the mainstream media and many angry dog owners believe the sole responsibility for these tragedies should fall on the officer who pulled the trigger. Often times, the pet owners made mistakes or were even irresponsible in controlling and training their animals.

<p>Chicago officer demonstrate how to use a TASER on a dog. Note the cant of the device, so that the prongs spread horizontally on the animal&#39;s body. (Photo: National Canine Research Council)</p>

A Use-of-Force Continuum for Dealing with Dogs  

November 4, 2014

If the owner or another person known to the dog is not available, you may be able to gain the dog’s acceptance by softening your approach. Dog experts recommend you stop moving toward the dog, assume a bladed stance sideways to the dog, and avoid eye contact, while talking to him in a strong, reassuring tone. This may have a calming effect that will allow you to safely conduct your business and leave.

<p>Planned law enforcement operation that involve locations guarded by dogs must include non-lethal means for neutralizing the dogs such as fire extinguishers and catch poles. Here, a Chicago animal control officer demonstrates use of a catch pole on a friendly animal.(Photo: National Canine Research Council)</p>

Planned Operations and Dogs  

November 4, 2014

Some SWAT teams have become very adept at using non-lethal tools to neutralize the threat presented by dogs. Retired Cleveland SWAT entry team leader Robert O'Brien says that long before the Hells Angels case and its nearly $2 million in settlements his SWAT team always considered the presence of dogs in its planning. O'Brien's tool of choice for getting the dogs out of the way was the fire extinguisher.

Sued for Shooting a Dog  

November 4, 2014

Your biggest fear in a dog shooting lawsuit is punitive damages. While compensatory damages are likely to be covered by your employer, punitive damages are probably coming out of your pocket.

<p>Photo: Gould &amp; Goodrich</p>

Product Test: Gould & Goodrich Gold Line B813 Holster  

October 31, 2014

Riding in a waistband, the G&G Gold Line B813 is just as comfortable as I would expect from top-quality leather gear.

<p>Photo: ScottEVest</p>

Product Test: ScottEVest Brad Thor Alpha Jacket  

October 31, 2014

On the outside, the Brad Thor Alpha is a very sleek and stylish medium-weight jacket. Now for the fun part. The Alpha features 35 different pockets. That isn't including the zippered sleeves and side panels for access to belt-mounted gear.

"Unarmed" Suspects and Un-brained Media  

October 31, 2014

How can it be, in 2014, with all the media attention given to controversial police use-of-force cases in recent years, that the public is still treated to bogus "reporting" of such incidents? The coverage of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., is the worst in memory.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Can Police Stop Killing Dogs?  

October 29, 2014

As with other police encounters involving civilians and what the public perceives as bad outcomes, many dog shooting incidents are captured on video and posted on the Internet. Some officers have even been fired for shooting dogs.

<p>Photo: QueTel</p>

Smartphone Case Management App  

October 29, 2014

For any incident you likely use different methods to record interviews, take notes, transcribe them, write reports, take pictures and video, and then upload everything to your agency's server. QueTel's Mobile Traq lets you do all this via an app on the smartphone you already use.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

The 5 Biggest Miranda Myths  

October 28, 2014

Some myths that have sprouted from Miranda have shown so much inertia that the Supreme Court has had to keep coming back to try to knock them down. Here are five of the most persistent.

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