This is my question: is there really a need in today's society for police K-9s that bite? In my limited knowledge, only looking at this from a civilians point of view: my answer is NO.
Here are my reasons
taking this information from Local Police Dept)
1. Our k-9s are never off leash. Too risky for the dog. Too risky for society.
So, if dog is never off leash, and handler has a gun, then why does dog need to have bite capability? Bark and Hold, yes, bite?? I say not necessary. A few years back a K-9 was released in a hospital parking lot and took down a nurse..big problem for the department.
2. When our K-9's bite someone, they usually "maniac" the guy. He needs surgery and the department gets sued. We rarely let them get in a bite, unless we are right there, know where the guy is and can quickly stop the bite. "The dogs need to get a bite in occasionally anyway!) Quote
So, again, if liablity is an issue, then I see the search aspect very important, but why bite?
3. The training is inhumane and unnecessary. Again, my opinion. I feel it is unneccssary to breed and train dogs that "can take this type of training". Its painfull to watch and inhumane.
I believe K-9's are very valuable for SAR, Narc detection, scent work, guarding, crowd control..not biting.
So, food for thought. I am sure folks have many varied opinions. I would like to hear them.