But I also believe J.Q.Public needs to be proactive. In other words, certain breeds make some peoples' hackles go up. GSDs are in that group. How come none of the "stories" listed here involve poodles? Or Shih Tsu's? They're always about Pitties, GSDs, Rotties, etc. (Altho I can say, from personal experience while a Vet Tech, I didn't fear the bigger breeds. More often than not, we "Red-Dotted" the cage tags of the Barking Slippers. Red Dot = Bites.)
Well there is something to the "OH, come on in, they don't bite", because I've dealt with it even before my ACO days!
I delivered pizza in my early 20s and I appreciated folks who kept their dogs put up, and if I asked "Does it bite", answered in the affirmative.
People do have a blind spot when it comes to their dogs, because the dog typically doesn't bite...the owner!
I think education is going to have to be multipronged.
I'd ask about doing a training seminar, on 2-3 different days in a department so overtime isn't having to be paid, and they aren't having to come in on their days off.
Make it a "public service announcement" type situation, even suggesting having a news story on it - kind of a "preemptive" training session.
I'd start by saying, "Not sure if you've noticed all the news stories lately about these dogs being shot, and was thinking perhaps we could come in and do a short training session". On the other end, ask about putting PSAs out on TV or whatever, and if officers saw citizens were working on prevention, maybe they'd work harder.
I can't imagine how many times criminals have "sicced" their dogs on officers, or at the very least, didn't stop the dogs at the door or whatever, so maybe that plays into the preemptive shootings that have taken place.