An Austin, Texas law enforcement officer responding to a domestic disturbance call fatally shot Michael Paxton’s dog, Cisco on Saturday, April 14. What makes this tragic story even more tragic, is that the 911 caller reported the wrong residence.
The story of Cisco’s shooting reminds us of the importance that law enforcement officers receive proper training about what to do when they encounter dogs in the line of duty. Law enforcement officers encounter dogs in the course of almost every kind of police interaction with the public. Through proper training, law enforcement officers can be more prepared during encounters with dogs and can avoid unnecessarily shooting a family pet.
In efforts to better prepare law enforcement officers for interactions with dogs in the line of duty, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has released an outstanding law enforcement manual: The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters.
The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters gives officers and first-responders the information they need to stay safe, protect the public and successfully manage dogs in the line of duty.
The National Canine Research Council is proud to be working with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office to bring this resource to law enforcement. We hope you share it with your town’s law enforcement officers in order to pass on this important information.