Ghent, Belguim began a program in 1899 that is thought of as the forerunner to modern use of dogs in law enforcement. In the 1960s, 48 American police departments - including Cincinnati - had canine units. In the years of the Civil Rights Movement, controversy ensued over the mis-use of dogs in crowd control. For many years following, K-9 programs carried this stigma. But the 1990s saw a resurgance in the use of canines in law enforcement. Today the herion epidemic has caused an explosion in their population as departments use every tool at their disposal to try and control this growing problem. Many are dual purpose - patrol and narcotics. Most K-9s also pull public relations duty, visiting schools and performing demos. But you should always ask an officer before you approach a K-9 (or any dog really).
Once you visit a county and choose a K9 to sponsor, go to the Sponsor a K9 page to sponsor for $30 . Thank you!
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