Thousands of times a day in this country peace officers search homes, businesses, schools, and other structures for hidden offenders. Structure searches can turn into a high-risk assignment for the officers performing them.
Police officers are asked to make split-second life-or-death decisions. We have to decide in a blink of an eye if we are going to shoot. Then over the next several years everyone will dissect, analyze and scrutinize our actions.
As police service dog use continues in full swing, a body of special legal knowledge is beginning to develop.