Police & Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep Our Communities Safe and Humane

Police & Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep Our Communities Safe and Humane, a 5-part video series, examines tools, practices, and procedures that contribute to effective responses to dog-related incidents and encounters where dogs are present. The product of a collaborative partnership between the National Canine Research Council, Safe Humane Chicago and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), these roll call videos, along with the companion publication The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters, work to ensure public and officer safety while considering community needs and demands.

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Resource Overview

The video series helps develop skills for law enforcement in effective strategies in assessing a dog’s environment; what dog posture, vocalization, and facial expressions mean; options for distracting and escaping from a dog; defensive options in dealing with a dog; asking the right questions in dog investigations; and effective gathering of dog evidence and report writing. 

Each video in the series is available in English and Spanish and may be accessed via the COPS Training Portal in two ways: played directly through your logged-in COPS Training Portal user account; and/or downloaded, saved and played offline, directly from your device. 

Target Audience

Sworn law enforcement officers of all ranks and positions.

National Canine Research Council

The National Canine Research Council is a canine behavior science and policy think tank, whose mission is to underwrite, conduct, and disseminate academically-rigorous research that studies dogs in context of human society, as well as advocates innovative and practical canine policy.

Safe Humane Chicago

Safe Humane Chicago is an organization that seeks to create safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals with programs focused on education, advocacy, and second chances.