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

This 5-part video series, Police and Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep Our Communities Safe and Humane, is the product of a collaborative partnership between the National Canine Research Council, Safe Humane Chicago and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).

About This Resource

These roll call videos, along with the companion publication The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters, discuss tools, practices, and procedures that contribute to effective responses to dog-related incidents and encounters where dogs are present. They are designed to help 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. The primary goals include ensuring public and officer safety and considering community needs and demands.

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.

Primary Audience

The target audience for the training videos is 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.