Telly Award

The Telly Awards has named the National Canine Research Council and Safe Humane as a winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, Employee Communications and Training categories, for their piece titled "Police & Dog Encounters Video Training Series."

With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. The video training series, produced by Karl Productions, provides officers with hands-on skills and information to protect themselves, the public and the dogs they encounter in the line of duty. Presented in five, ten minute videos, which are designed to be viewed during police briefings, the series presents a clear sequence of tangible strategies to assist police with decoding animal behavior and body language, suggesting tactical methods for effectively deescalating an encounter to avoid violent force.

"Our goal in creating these videos was to partner with police municipalities across the country, supporting them with the training and information needed to prepare them for a dog encounter in the line of duty," said Stacey Coleman, executive director of the National Canine Research Council. "We're honored to have our efforts recognized by The Telly Awards."

The "Police & Dog Encounters Video Training Series" was developed and funded by the National Canine Research Council in partnership with Safe Humane and the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to address the problem that nearly half of intentional police shootings at departments nationwide involve animals, most often dogs.

The videos are available at no cost through the COPS Office Community Policing Learning Portal: http://cops.igpa.uillinois.edu/resources/police-dog-encounters.

"Considering the integral role animals play in our communities and families, a lack of training about how to deal with dog encounters presented a void in the traditional police training," said Cynthia Bathurst, executive director of Safe Humane. "We developed the videos from and for the police perspective, including expert advice on how to manage risk, liability and reporting of dog encounters. Ultimately, we and the police share in the goal of building safer communities for all. These videos help to accomplish that goal."

National Canine Research Council is pleased that the recognition of this award has already received widespread media attention, which helps further the knowledge of the “Police and Dog Encounters” training series.