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Outside Training - Canine Behavior & Police Response In-Service Training Resource

6/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

Pursuant to P.A. 098-0311, (50 ILCS 705/10.14) the following link indicates what information has been determined by ILETSB to be part of any course on "Animal Abuse and Cruelty; Canine Behavior and Police Response".It was approved by the Board on December 12th, 2013.

The following video training resource is produced by the "Community Oriented Policing Services"at the US Department of Justice.

There is a downloadable manual and a series of five videos. All videos areapproximately10 minutes in length and appear to address the Key Concepts/Performance Objectives set by ILETSB. Photos are web links.

Police and Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep Our Communities Safe and Humane

In August 2011 the COPS Office released The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters. This manual was developed under the auspices of the University of Illinois' Center for Public Safety and Justice by authors from the university, the Best Friends Animal Society, Safe Humane Chicago, and the National Canine Research Council (NCRC). The entire project was funded by the NCRC.

Because of the popularity of the printed book, and because high-profile incidents may receive regional and even national media attention, the NCRC and Safe Humane Chicago considered how they might make information adapted from the manual available in other media. In partnership with the COPS Office, the NCRC and Safe Humane Chicago decided to launch a video training series for law enforcement agencies across the country. Called Police & Dog Encounters: Tactical Strategies and Effective Tools to Keep Our Communities Safe and Humane, the videos give on-duty police the tools to keep them protected when they encounter a dog.

"Police are the cornerstone of every community across the country, and these brave men and women keep us safe. They are trained and prepared for dangerous and unfamiliar situations. But part of their training was incomplete-until now," said Stacey Coleman, Executive Director of the NCRC and executive producer/founder for the series.

Narrated by retired Chicago police superintendent Terry Hillard, the videos feature dog behavior expert Brian Kilcommons demonstrating real-life scenarios with SWAT and street officers. By facilitating interactions between real dogs and police officers, Kilcommons teaches officers how to better understand canine body language and how to better monitor their own body language to make dogs feel more at ease. The series is made up of five videos, each 10 minutes in length.

The videos are the first law enforcement training resource of their kind in addressing risk management, canine body language, officer safety, and canine safety.The videos are available at no cost through the COPS Office Community Policing Learning Portal.

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