handler must be prepared to cope with the situation as circumstances dictate.
The dog will attack on command of his handler.
Dogs may pursue, attack and hold offenders who resist apprehension.
dogs can inflict great damage when released to attack.
should not be too restrictive; if so, psychological deterrent is
However, these policies must prevent bites from occurring through
actions of the handler.
d. Working dogs can be used effectively to search and clear buildings
and large open areas of criminals or other unauthorized personnel. They are
not effective in street crimes such as robbery, car theft, and assaults.
found open under suspicious circumstances can be searched without endangering
the lives of security personnel.
e. Working dogs track fleeing criminals. They also track lost children
or other persons who, for humanitarian reasons, must be found by the
When use of tracking skill is contemplated, the crime scene
should be secured; movement of personnel should be minimized.
promptly, tracking skills can be used after burglaries and robberies.
can also be used upon discovery of abandoned stolen vehicles.
alone is extremely valuable.
g. Working dogs provide a strong psychological deterrent to certain
types of criminal acts.
Public demonstrations, patrol routes on gates, and
the escort of government funds are examples. At these times the use of dogs
has a psychological impact.
AR 190-12 permits the use of dogs for crowd
control with CO's authorization.
An MP working dog and its handler are
trained to work together.
They are to perform law enforcement and/or
physical security duties. (See Figure 4-1.)
a. Dogs are social animals that seek human companionship.
this, the relationship between the dog and its handler is
ingredient. It can greatly affect the team's effectiveness.
b. Dogs with suitable temperaments for police service do not give
However, once earned, it is not easily relinquished.
Special considerations must be allowed to protect the relationship between a
dog and its handler.
c. During the absence of the handler, the dog should not be used.
d. Personnel chosen for dog handlers must show qualities of reasonable
intelligence, resourcefulness, and patience; they should also possess a high
degree of affection for animals.