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SWAT officer gives sensible guidelines for dealing with dogs on a raid

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It has seemed almost as though some SWAT units and police have a kind of contest in shooting and killing the dogs at homes they raid—quite often mistakenly. (The mayor of a Maryland suburb near Washington DC had his two dogs shot to death by police who raided his home mistakenly. And recently there was a video of a police officer coaxing a dog to approach by making sounds to attract the dog, and then shooting it.)

Lt. Dan Marcou has good guidelines for dealing with dogs in such situations:

I admit that I am a dog person. While in SWAT I always tried to avoid shooting dogs, because I view the dogs of criminals as true innocents — they had no choice in the matter of who their owners would be.

With that said, there are some tactics that I’ve used in dealing with dogs during tactical situations that avoided having to use deadly force on dogs that were making my task as a SWAT Officer more difficult.

Any tactical plan that you put together should include a plan to deal with the dogs you know to be present.

1. Bypass
If a dog is locked down by a cage or chain it becomes easy to bypass them. They may make noise, but people who own dogs become almost immune to their own dogs barking. The sound of a shot — neutralizing a dog — will put a suspect on a higher alert than their dogs barking.

2. Lock-Down
Humans possess a super power dogs don’t — we have opposable thumbs. Dogs can’t open doors. Therefore lock them down when possible. You can isolate them outside, in a garage, or in a room somewhere in the house.

It is best to do the lock-down in a cleared area.

3. Treats
Dogs tend to like treats and the people who bring them. I kept a supply of dog treats handy in the SWAT room for call-outs. The key is not to just toss the treat, but to leave a trail up to and into a lock-down area.

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Written by LeisureGuy

7 November 2014 at 2:00 pm

Posted in Law Enforcement

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