police dog


Definition of police dog

1 : a dog trained to assist police (as in drug detection)

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The officer allegedly struck by a rock was treated for head trauma, and the department reported later that the police dog had a successful surgery to fix a muzzle injury. Marcos Breton And Anita Chabria, sacbee, "Sheriff's deputies shot her son in the back a year ago. Now she is suing for answers," 26 June 2018 The police dog alerted the officers that there might be more drugs in the car, KUSA reports. Lauren Padgett, ajc, "K-9 finds 60 lbs. of meth first day on job in California," 22 May 2018 The police dog appeared to react to being struck by a rock. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Key witnesses recount Border Patrol agent's shooting of unarmed Mexican teen," 22 Mar. 2018 Border Patrol agents used police dogs to monitor vehicles passing through the checkpoints. Akilah Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "17 arrested at immigration checkpoint on I-93 in New Hampshire," 29 May 2018 After a standoff of about two hours, the suspect was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. Sunday local time, after police sent in a robot and a police dog to check the apartment, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Fox News, "Gunman dead after 2 cops shot in San Diego standoff; 1 officer reported clinging to life," 2 Oct. 2018 Two former state troopers and a sheriff’s deputy were charged with assaulting a pedestrian with flashlights and a police dog during an April altercation. Alex Derosier, The Seattle Times, "DA: No charges for police videotaped subduing man with baton," 20 Aug. 2018 Officers set up a perimeter and used a police dog to find two suspects, who were taken into custody without further incident, according to police. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A fleeing car runs out of road and gets stuck in a Germantown farm field," 15 June 2018 Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach police officers and Orange County sheriff's deputies searched the area with help from three police dogs. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Man is arrested and another flees after Fountain Valley resident interrupts burglary," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of police dog

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of police dog

: a dog that is trained to help police find criminals and illegal drugs

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Kids Definition of police dog

: a dog trained to help police

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