The use of police K9s remains one of the most litigated areas in law enforcement—so much so that some agencies have chosen to disband K9 programs out of fear of lawsuits and personnel costs. But a well-run K9 program is an invaluable asset, keeping officers and the community safer.
Much of the litigation risk associated with operating a K9 program can be minimized through proper training, policy and community outreach. In this Q&A with Lexipol co-founder and attorney Bruce Praet, we explore the following topics:
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