police dog


Definition of police dog

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

Examples of police dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The officers said Franklin fought with the police dog and then struggled with them, grabbing the MP5 rifle held by one of the officers and pulling the trigger. Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Latanowich faces: mistreating a police dog for also allegedly shooting Gannon’s canine, Nero. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Sherman allegedly fought with officers and they were forced to use a police dog to subdue him, police said. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, 15 July 2021 Officers deployed a police dog that bit Rogel on the leg, according to the statement. Anchorage Daily News, 14 June 2021 Some cities saw one police dog bite over a three-year period. Indystar, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2021 The deputy released his police dog to get the man into handcuffs. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2021 Kitt, the police dog, was killed in the crossfire and two unidentified officers were shot, according to the DA's office. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 5 June 2021 In August, more body camera footage became public that showed an officer ordering his police dog to bite a Black man, even as the man kneeled and complied with the offer’s commands. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'police dog.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of police dog

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About police dog

Time Traveler for police dog

Time Traveler

The first known use of police dog was in 1836

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near police dog

police department

police dog


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for police dog

Last Updated

10 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Police dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20dog. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for police dog

police dog


English Language Learners Definition of police dog

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

police dog


Kids Definition of police dog

: a dog trained to help police

More from Merriam-Webster on police dog

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for police dog

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about police dog


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!