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Retired Military Dogs Find New Purpose Helping Police Combat Methamphetamine

Five retired military dogs that spent years working in war zones are putting their noses to new uses by helping police in the U.S. combat methamphetamine and other drugs.

The dogs are being deployed to departments in Indiana, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska and Georgia as part of a venture that organizers say gives police a resource they couldn’t otherwise afford and provides the dogs a new mission.

“If you were to look at these dogs and watch them, when they come back, they’re ready to work,” said Mike Thomas, a Harris County, Texas, sheriff’s officer and board member for the Houston-based organization K9s4Cops, which is using a $25,000 grant from Westport Pharmaceuticals in St. Louis to acquire the dogs and train them to work with their new handlers.

Police dogs typically cost $10,000 to $15,000 each, but K9s4Cops was able to stretch the Westport grant to cover more animals because the retired military dogs were already trained.

The dogs placed through the grant include Axel, a 5-year-old German shepherd that spent three years in Afghanistan as a search and narcotics dog. He’ll spend the rest of his working career in Indianapolis, where he’s been assigned to the Lawrence Township School District police force.

Read more in The Daily Astorian.

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Police Chief: Officers’ Split-Second Force Decisions Must Be Correct

When law enforcement officers interact with citizens, they constantly make decisions on how best to gain the citizen’s compliance.

They have to decide what techniques — or what weapons — to utilize. And, for safety’s sake, they need to be right.

“It’s really a case-by-case judgment, and I hate to sound melodramatic, but moment-by-moment,” said Chief Mark Connery of the Richmond Police Department. “Things can change in a hurry.

“On any given day at any given time, you have to weigh every situation against your training, your experience and what the possible ramifications are. It’s a constant decision-making process.”

An officer choosing incorrectly risks a situation spiraling out of control, which could lead to injury for the officer or excessive force complaints against them.

Read more in Palladium-Item.

Source: www.pal-item.com

Safety First For Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers perform important tasks throughout their daily shifts, but one task always demands precedence.

“My number one concern is safety and making sure I get to go home to my family at night,” said Patrolman David Spradling of the Richmond Police Department.

The safety concerns also protect subjects — under arrest or not — with whom officers come in contact, and bystanders, but at the end of the day, officers want to go home. In Spradling’s case, to a wife and four children.

To do that, they sometimes must dodge punches, neutralize weapons and parry confrontational attitudes.

Then, when officers do arrive home, they might see televised news scrutinizing officers across the country, or find social media posts complaining about police incompetence or alleging officer corruption. They know some residents will view all officers negatively.

“Oftentimes it feels as though us as law enforcement officers are grouped in, we’re either all good or we’re all bad, and that’s kind of the aspect a lot of times that the public seems to have toward us,” said Patrolman Seth Biava of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. “I understand that the majority of the population has a respect or they’re grateful for police, and it’s just the few who like to start drama that like to get on there and start badmouthing.”

It’s a career that enables officers to revel in helping people, but requires they experience life’s darkness, as well.

“Most of the time, it can be a very rewarding experience being a police officer,” RPD Chief Mark Connery said. “There are those bad times that don’t always go your way, you see the worst of the worst. You see everything from birth to death and any of the bad stuff that’s in between.”

Officers never know what will happen. Or when.

Read the full article in Palladium-Item.

Source: www.pal-item.com

Indiana Troopers Run for Families of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

A team of 10 troopers representing the Indiana State Police Post in Fort Wayne recently competed in the 15th annual National Police Challenge 50K Relay at the United States Secret Service Training Center in Laurel, Md. Money raised from the relay supports Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and HEROES, two organizations that help surviving families of fallen law enforcement officers from around the nation…

Source: www.news-sentinel.com