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 Updated information on injuries to the officers and the police dog was not immediately available. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Mesa man accused of assaulting officer, hitting police dog with motorcycle helmet," 21 Oct. 2019 That same year, the Green Bay Press Gazette found that at least 46 police dogs throughout the U.S. had died from excessive heat while inside their handlers’ cars from 2011 to 2015. Los Angeles Times, "Death of police dog in hot car sparks outrage, investigation," 29 Aug. 2019 Attendees were required to open their coats and bags and have their bodies checked by a metal-detecting wand, while police dogs remained in the venue throughout the screening. Tatiana Siegel, Billboard, "Sundance: Premiere of Michael Jackson Doc 'Leaving Neverland' Attracts Small Group of Protesters," 25 Jan. 2019 Police searched the areas of North Baldwin Street and North Missouri Avenue using a police dog, but didn’t find the suspect. oregonlive, "Police searching for suspect who stabbed a man in North Portland," 4 Apr. 2020 The authorities answered with fire hoses and snarling police dogs. Claudia Dreifus, New York Times, "Following the Civil Rights Trail," 11 Mar. 2020 Police searched the area, at times using police dogs, until about 2 a.m., when the shelter-in-place order was lifted, according to the tweets. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "Arvada carjacking suspect shoots at police, evades hours-long search," 15 Dec. 2019 An officer used a police dog to drag him out from the bush after the suspect refused to come out, police said. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Three teens suspected of breaking into East Bay home, pulling guns on family," 20 Sep. 2019 The police’s backup included police dogs and drones, Police Chief Clyde Parry said. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "All-clear at Coral Springs High after police find student who jumped fence to leave school early," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of police dog

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 May 2020

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“Police dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20dog. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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