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Dogs have been important participants in public service for a number of years in a variety of roles. Assistance and service dogs have changed many lives for the better and helped communities by either helping individuals lessen the implications of their disabilities or limitations or as search and rescue K9s during emergencies. They have also proven to be heroes by helping rescue people in danger or apprehending criminals. They are an important part of our communities and the public service sector. Assistance and service dogs are making a difference and can be found working with professionals in the field of fire science, law enforcement, humans services, or psychology. Please join us as we celebrate and recognize these dogs through faculty written articles, a webinar, spotlights, and a call out to service dogs across the country!
Read the Center for Public Service’s government
spotlight on Explosive Detector Dog (EDD) teams and how they are helping keep
communities safe from terrorism and deterring potential criminals.
Join the Center for Public Service in celebrating International Assistance Dog Week in August and learn how assistance and service dogs can make a difference in people’s lives and communities.
Webinar: Service Dogs and Their Roles in Changing Lives and Protecting Communities.
View Kaplan University's engaging webinar on "Service Dogs and Their Roles in Changing Lives and Protecting Communities." The webinar looks at K-9 roles in law enforcement, search and rescue efforts, fire safety and homeland security as well as assistance and therapy dogs, and their amazing, positive impact on those in need.
Learn more about K9s for Warriors and how the organization is training and placing service dogs to help returning heroes from the military cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Public safety program faculty member Josh Shanley shares his professional and
personal experiences working with his canine partner Scully. Read how this
special service dog helped make a difference in his life and those of others,
including two young girls he helped rescue who were lost.
By Analeah Green, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
I’ve always considered myself to be a “dog person.” From
calendars, mugs, t-shirts and other knick knacks, a canine was featured. From
an early age, I remember having a dog and as an adult continue to own dogs as
By David E. Bridges, Adjunct Faculty Member for Kaplan University, Public Safety Programs
Working within the
field of fire analysis and investigation requires reliance on scientific
principles, sound methodology, logic, passion, training, and one’s available
tools. As a Special Agent / K-9 Handler, I frequently deployed differing
implements in my mission to seek the truth in fire and explosion incidents.
Michelle Lynne March, Human Services Adjunct Instructor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The field of human services is generally defined with the goal of meeting the needs of individuals and helping improve the overall quality of life. Therefore,
professionals, as well as service comfort dogs, are trained at various levels
to implement specialized techniques with aspiration to minimize problems.
By Jonathan Dorriety, Adjunct
Faculty, Kaplan University'sPublic Safety Program
It is common knowledge that dogs have a nose for crime, literally.
Their keen olfactory senses far exceed that of humans to the degree that no two
scientists can agree on how sensitive they really are. Nonetheless, police
service dogs have proven to be a great asset to the law
enforcement community in the United States since the mid-1950s.
By Joshua Shanley, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University's Public Safety Program
Scully loved to work and she loved to
play. To her, they were one and the same. I adopted her when she was 8 months
old after she "failed" to make it as a competitive show dog. Her gait
gave her a bounce that was unacceptable in the ring but just demonstrated the
joy she felt as she strutted about proudly and carefree while we worked hard
toward our goals.
By Amanda Fox, Adjunct faculty,
Kaplan University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
What is a service dog?
Adjunct faculty Amanda Fox reviews the different types of service dogs and the
benefits service dogs provide to our communities.
By Terry Campbell, Faculty for
Kaplan University's Public Safety Program
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.
Learn more about Kaplan University Student Air Force Staff Sergeant James Swann and his work training military work dogs.
Kaplan University students Melanie and Dave Thomas help save a dog and train him to be a service dog that helps Dave with his mobility and posttraumatic stress disorder.
By Cyndi Palma, Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Rosie’s law was created to give judges the discretion to decide if a facility dog could accompany certain witnesses to the witness stand while they testify. Adjunct faculty member Cyndi Palma describes how the law came to be in New York and how Rosie, a service dog, helped a child testify during an abuse case.
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