K9 Teams

Police dogs, sometimes referred to as K-9s, are specially trained specifically for law-enforcement personnel in the line of duty. They are trained to protect their handlers, not for interaction with the public. They can chase down and hold criminal suspects who try to run from police. German Shepherds are the most common breed, but other breeds are also used. If a police dog is killed in duty, it is usually given a full police funeral.

K-9s are often given their own ballistic vests, and some are given their own police IDs and badges. Different breeds of dogs tend to be good at different things. A good police dog needs to be intelligent, aggressive, strong, and have a good sense of smell. Other types of working dogs may be used in police work, for example, siffer dogs may be used for locating bombs and drugs, and tracking dogs may be used in search and rescue.

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