The dog was at the agency..no shipping required. Any half ass handler should have no issue dealing with a crated dog.Lots of dogs are shipped, They have to be removed from the crate on the other end, usually by a stranger. I brought Odessa out of the crate after her trip from Germany. She was 3.5 years old and Schutzhund titled, but certainly not a k9. I know lots of k9s are purchased as young green dogs or already trained, so is there a problem with getting them out of the crates safely?
Anyways ditto on the xMals, low cost, generally good health, very good nerves, high prey = good police dogs.
Suttle has some nice vids out there of the type of dogs he uses.