police dog


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web San Diego to pay $600K to woman severely injured by police dog attack. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2022 Ralph Frasure and Preston police dog Drago were killed in the standoff. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 3 July 2022 Police said Bates then opened fire, hitting Stewart in the chest and police dog Rakkie in the leg. Grant Lancaster, Arkansas Online, 1 July 2022 But that lack of interest in pomp and ceremony isn’t expected to carry over into their work for Axel and Echo, who officially became the sixth and seventh canines in the sheriff’s office police dog unit. Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune, 30 June 2022 Nearly four years after a Montgomery police dog bit and killed Joseph Lee Pettaway, despite national press and a long-running lawsuit, the public still hasn’t been allowed to see the body camera footage. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, 18 May 2022 Instead, deputies — some armed with less-lethal firearms, including a beanbag shotgun and a pepper-ball launcher — and San Diego police dog handlers entered Li’s home. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Authorities have said officers stopped Lee and called Burton to assist with her police dog. CBS News, 19 Sep. 2022 Authorities have said officers stopped Lee and called Burton to assist with her police dog. Fox News, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Police dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20dog. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

police dog


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

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