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01-30-10, 06:48 PM
Do you know if Louisiana allows someone with a certified police dual purpose k9 help them without being a sworn officer? I know in Texas they do.
01-30-10, 06:55 PM
I have a Certified Dual Purpose Police K9 trained in Narcotics and Criminal Apprehension. How can I use him for helping police departments in Louisiana? I am looking to use his narcotics work. Do I have to be a sworn officer? I know in Texas you do not.
01-30-10, 07:04 PM
I can't say for sure about LA, but I have never heard of ANY police department that has a civilian K9 handler that they use on the street.
Someone more knowledgable than myself will likely be along shortly, but the only thing you could do in this area is donate the dog to the department, where an officer could use him.
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01-30-10, 07:30 PM
We have volunteers who use their canines for search & rescue and cadaver searches. Nothing else. Too much of a liability issue.
Not happening in NJ, NY, or CT.
Only tme I have ever herd of the police allowing a civilian with a dog to help is in missing persons/search & rescue.
I have used contract bomb dogs in the past more for a prevention tool than on a found device. Some public schools use contracted drug dogs for sweeps. I have no idea about La.
01-30-10, 09:31 PM
How are you keeping him certified in narcotics if you're not a sworn police officer with restricted access to a small amount of real dope for training?
01-30-10, 10:30 PM
I have a certified trainer that worked for a police department in Texas keep him certified while i'm looking into learning how to get certified to train.
01-30-10, 11:38 PM
Which begs the questions then, why/how do you even HAVE a trained dog, if YOU are not trained to train the trainee?
AAAAAAaaaaaannnd...how do you already NOT know how to get certified to train that dog? Did you not think of that before coming into possession of said animal?
01-31-10, 12:22 AM
well, it is already certified...I have dealt with these kind of dogs. i know how to read the 2 i have. I know how to handle them. Hint the I'm a (handler) not (trainer)...and i want to know how to train them. It is like saying every k9 officer out there knows how to train dogs to do what certified k9s do...but in all reality thats why departments have their trainers...then the handlers course...i do not need to know how to train him...I know what I need to, tune-ups when he's rusty, reading him, handling him...Etc...
01-31-10, 12:30 AM
Just some advice from me, but either here or your intro thread could use a bit of touching up on your background. If you have 2 police K9's and are a cop, we gotta get you verified.
Now. I am NOT a K9 handler, but I did endure copious amounts of research and wrote a lengthy proposal to start a K9 unit, so I only know only a little more than your average bear. However, unless you're just not being succinct in your explanation, I think you and I have vastly different understandings of exactly what the role of a K9 officer (or handler if you prefer) really is - especially as it relates to training, documentation and the legal aspects of the field. Every handler is a trainer, not just the department's Master Trainer. At least that's generally the way we do it out West.