police dog

noun

Definition of police dog 

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

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For Klauss, his handler already has a retired police dog at home and doesn’t have space for a second dog. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Ever wanted to own a State Police K-9? These two need good homes," 11 July 2018 Using police dogs and helicopter crews, police captured them. Houston Chronicle, "2 arrested after theft at Second Ward used car lot," 4 July 2018 The building was evacuated as police dogs swept the building. Kristine Phillips, The Seattle Times, "TV station abruptly cancels its newscasts when intruder walks into newsroom," 2 July 2018 Deputy national police chief Wirachai Songmetta said police dogs were ready to aid in the effort and crews are using all tools at their disposal. NBC News, "Search dampened for Thai teen soccer team trapped in cave," 28 June 2018 Officers and police dogs began searching the area for the suspects around 3:30 a.m., WDIV reports. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Man caught breaking into cars went for cop’s gun — and it didn’t end well, Mich. police say," 28 June 2018 Amid ongoing debate over the Civil Rights Act in Washington, Ms. Cotton led 217 marchers through the streets and past the city’s old slave market, where the demonstrators were met by jeers, howling police dogs and sporadic violence. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Dorothy Cotton, civil rights leader and confidante to Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 88," 12 June 2018 Typically when a police dog retires, the canines live out their lives with their handler. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Ever wanted to own a State Police K-9? These two need good homes," 11 July 2018 Related stories from Miami Herald This cop’s body cam captures harrowing rescue of disabled woman trapped by wildfires A police dog was hunting burglars. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Exploding home shook houses for miles. Cries under rubble led to a dramatic rescue, video shows," 25 June 2018

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1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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police dog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of police dog

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

police dog

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Kids Definition of police dog

: a dog trained to help police

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