police dog


Definition of police dog 

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

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By this point, more than 20 deputies (as well as the sheriff’s department’s helicopter, police dogs, highway patrol officers and other local police) were on the hunt for the escapee. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Inmate escaped 2 days into a 4-day sentence. Freedom was short-lived, deputies say | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 For keeping the little girl safe, Max has been declared an honorary police dog, website news.com.au reported. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Deaf and nearly blind dog praised after staying with girl, 3, after she gets lost in Australian bush," 23 Apr. 2018 Gannon’s K9 unit police dog was also shot and seriously wounded. Alix Langone, Time, "Cape Cod Police Officer Shot and Killed While Serving a Warrant to Dangerous Suspect," 14 Apr. 2018 In a tragic turn of events, an Ohio police dog was killed by gunfire in the line of duty this January. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "11-Year-Old Girl Donates Her Allowance for K-9 Bulletproof Vests," 16 Mar. 2016 State police dogs were called in and eventually alerted Bloomfield detectives to Rykhof’s body. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Man Charged After Police Unearth Remains In Bloomfield Wetland," 8 June 2018 The police dog was being treated at a local veterinary hospital. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Man arrested after shooting house, people with air rifle in SE Portland, police say," 10 Apr. 2018 He will be trained at TOPS in Dog Training in Grayslake, where many police dogs are sent. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'Bones' the cadaver dog to join Lake County Coroner's Office," 20 Feb. 2018 Apache, the police dog that was shot while chasing down a fleeing suspect yet continued to subdue the man, has been honored by the American Kennel Club, the purebred dog registry. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Heroic Indianapolis State Police dog honored after taking a bullet but still getting its suspect," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of police dog

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of police dog was in 1836

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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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