10 Facts you probably did not know about Police Dogs

Police dogs are working dogs used by police in their work. Police dogs can be of any breed, even crossbreed. Most common is that they are one of the traditional working dog breeds. The most common use is as protective dogs (dog’s patrol / surveillance dogs) used in emergency and order service. Police dogs can also have different specializations that sniffer dogs (tracking dogs / person search dogs), ID dogs and search dogs as sniffer dogs and drug dogs or with specialties likhundar (cadaver dogs / forensic search dogs) or ignition source dogs. In Sweden, some precincts even mountain rescue dogs.

10 Facts you Probably did not Know about Police Dogs

01) Today there are about 400 police dogs in use in Sweden. Approximately 70% of these are German Alsatian dogs, and 20% are Belgian Shepherds / Milionis . Other breeds used are Australian Kelpie, Border Terrier, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman, Flat-Coated Retriever, Dutch Shepherd Dog, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler and springer spaniel.

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02) All dogs used by the police must have undergone an aptitude test and be approved in the tests to take focus. Patrol dogs (or OVS dogs) must be approved on tjänstbarhetsprov. Dog handlers and the dogs then undergo annual tests. Handlers and dogs get an eight-week basic training at the Police Dog Service in Carlsberg. The dogs tend to be fully trained by two years of age and remain in office until they are about ten years. Between one-fifth and one -fourth of drivers’ working dog is used to continuously train the dog.

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03) Speaking of the United States again; where it does not belong at all unusual for future police dogs retrieved from the old shelter, then trained. Police dogs have been used in the US since 1907, when the K9 strength in New York City was the first in the country.

04) In the US, police dogs since 2014 in the federal legal protection and the attacking or injuring a police horse or police dog get 1000 US dollars  in fines and up to ten years in prison . The law came about after the drug dealers systematically tried to damage police dogs at the crackdown.

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05) Police dogs had been crucial in the search for survivors the 11 september 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked in the United States. At first the dogs, however, difficult to locate survivors, and the police were on their own hide among rasorna to be found by sniffer dogs, just because the motivation would be kept alive by police dogs.

06) Persians, Greeks, Babylonians and Assyrians were the first cultures on this planet that used police and military dogs. European countries began to use out of tracking dogs in the police for already 200 years ago – long before the United States.

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07) The dogs owned by the National Police or of individual officers with specific agreements. The dogs live with the drivers and their families. Anyone who wants to become a dog handler must have at least two years of service as a police officer.

08) A hundnos has about 10,000 better sense of smell than we humans have. They can smell out whether someone is buried up to the full 3.5 meters under the earth – alive or not.

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09) Sweden imported its first two police dogs already in 1910 from Hamburg, Germany. But it was not until the 1950s that dog patrols gained momentum in this country. In Sweden, there are no guidelines that a dog must be purebred to become a police dog, even if the majority today it is.

10) Most countries’ dog squads within the police got their breakthrough after World War II, Especially when many German Alsatian dogs were used in the military. Then they quickly discovered their potential, they have after the war has become a major part of police patrols around the whole world.

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