a. Patrol dog teams may also perform valuable service during physical
This is especially true in cases where the highly
aggressive nature of the sentry dog is unacceptable.
Patrol teams may be
used either as mounted or dismounted patrols, or, they may be used to augment
security alert teams and backup alert forces that respond to emergencies.
They are effective on perimeter security posts at isolated sites.
the patrol dog's multiple skills make this type of duty inadvisable. This is
true if the duty is to be performed on a permanent basis. Sentry dogs can be
used to perform such tasks with equal effectiveness and at less cost.
However, sometimes perimeter security is needed at sites where external
Then the use of patrol dogs should be given
b. Patrol dog teams are also effective in and around freight yards,
warehouse areas, and ammunition depots. They are useful also in and around
maintenance facilities and public utilities that operate on a 24-hour basis.
Distractions inherent to such operations have little impact upon the
emotional stability or effectiveness of patrol dogs.
In this type
environment the psychological value of the animal's functional effectiveness,
psychological deterrence is more of a threat than a useful enforcement tool.
For that reason, this deterrent should not be relied upon.
c. Patrol dog teams are also useful in securing large depot complexes
or like activities; they can greatly reduce the need for two-man security
Such teams can be used to screen buildings for stay-behind
pilferers, and they can respond to all situations where buildings are found
These teams can respond, also, when there are other reasons to
suspect that a housebreaking has occurred. They also function well at points
of entry and exit; there they bolster the effectiveness of pass and badge
systems. If the perimeter of a sensitive area is penetrated, patrol dogs can
be used to track the intruder.
They can re-establish contact with him and
make the apprehension.
d. Essentially, then, many patrol dog skills used in law enforcement
functions are also valuable when used in physical security. For this reason,
at their posts. By so doing, they can identify areas where patrol dog skills
would be of value.
a. Deterrent operations include all activities in which patrol dog
teams are used for the psychological impact of their presence. During those
operations the actual use of their skills is possible but not expected.
b. Such activities include public demonstrations of patrol dog
capabilities. They also include patrol routes that include main gates to the
post and areas where prisoner work details are used. These dogs also act as
deterrents when escorting government funds.