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Animal Encounter Training for Law Enforcement
Mar 11th, 2015 at 10:10am
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Dog shootings prompt pet owners, cops to lobby lawmakers for police training

The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday considered two of three bills filed by North Texas representatives that would require cops receive training for encounters with animals. The bills were left pending.

The proposal emerges as controversial dog shootings have grabbed headlines. Since 2009, Texas cops have shot more than 400 dogs, according to data collected by the animal advocacy group 4 Keeping Our Pets Safe.

Law enforcement representatives told lawmakers the training—a course that teaches cops how to deal with aggressive dogs and read an animal’s body language, among other things—could prevent officers from being attacked and save families the grief of unnecessary shootings.

“Canine encounter training will help fill this void and provide officers with effective options and valuable knowledge to use when we come into contact with dogs while performing our regular duties,” said Amy Knoll, assistant chief for the Cleburne Police Department.

One of the bills, authored by Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, would require all officers to receive training in encounters with animals. Another, authored by Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, would focus solely on dogs and require new officers and officers seeking promotion to complete a 4-hour training program within two years.


When I read about this, it made me think of this from the Chappelle Show. Hence why I'm posting the story.
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Reply #1 - Mar 11th, 2015 at 11:26am
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Made me think of the recent news where Burlington, IA police officer Jesse Hill, while trying to shoot a familys dog, missed and shot an unarmed Mother in her chest, killing her in front of her child.

No charges filed of course.
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Reply #2 - Mar 11th, 2015 at 12:31pm
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I won't say how I really feel about all this because to do so would put me on a list.

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Reply #3 - Mar 11th, 2015 at 3:47pm
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Ha ha! I thought this thread was going to be about training police who serve in the ghetto neighborhoods.

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Re: Animal Encounter Training for Law Enforcement
Reply #4 - Mar 11th, 2015 at 4:14pm
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Look at the police officers point of view.  Everyday they are surrounded by uncertainty and possible death!  Let's face it, it's an evil and nefarious world.

When called to a home with dogs instinctually barking at the strangers, it's perfectly understandable that the officers would shoot to kill, let's face it, shooting guns is fun.  It's like icing on the cake if you can make whatever you were shooting at splurt blood.  Target practice is for rookies, real officers shoot family pets.

I should also mention just how much damn fun it is to shoot shìt.  I don't blame the officers in the least.
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