• CPS - Campbell 150

    Service Dogs

    By Terry Campbell, Faculty for Kaplan University's Public Safety Program

    Some correction departments utilize dog programs consisting of search dogs. Search dogs may be used to track escaped inmates; assist law enforcement to search for someone; assist agencies in searching for missing persons; perform a security role; perform drug searches; and assist the public. My experience pertains to use of tracking dogs for escapes, law enforcement assistance requests, search for missing persons, and security.

    Prior to Kaplan University, my work experience was in law enforcement and corrections. In the field of corrections, our primary use of dogs was for tracking escapees from prisons, jails,  and law enforcement custody escapes. In addition we provided a service to agencies in trying to  locate missing persons. I was a warden and the kennels were located on prison  grounds, where I served as tactical team leader and worked closely with the kennel supervisor.

    The use of dogs in corrections will vary from state to state. A crucial element is knowing  the state statutes and departmental policy for “use of dogs.” During the time I was in  corrections, the State of Arkansas had kennels located at various prisons throughout the state.

    The kennel and dog handlers are located outside of the prison and in a separate area where they are housed. (inmates carefully screened and selected to live in a separate building on prison grounds located away from the prison). Under supervision of the kennel supervisor (lieutenant), these inmates worked daily with the dogs and were involved in training and care for the dogs and horses. 

    Typical daily duties and equipment familiarization included:

    • Train Dogs
    • Clean pens; feed dogs; fresh water for dogs; veterinarian instructions; etc.
    • Monitor pregnant dogs; puppies
    • Maintain horse barn; daily care of horses
    • Clean barn, feed and water livestock
    • Maintain trailer for dogs and horses
    • Dogs are trained throughout the day and night. This includes all weather conditions. Logs are maintained for performance and identification of dogs that perform better in different types of weather.-Procedure for request of dog and what occurs next
    • Rural and city settings
    • Travel pack and equipment
    • Type of dogs
    • Young pups and older dogs
    • Other

    As you can see there is a lot more involved with dogs than one thinks. This is a brief overview and I am happy to answer any questions about search dogs.


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