Spoken by someone who's never been on a track with a K-9. Depending on the officer, department policy, the dog, location, and a host of other conditions, the dog may or may not have been on lead and if he was it may have been a very long tracking lead. Or he was on lead for the track and released to apprehend the suspect.so sad to hear. i read one thing that stuck out to me...something like "schultz was swung into a car, while the officer watched"
watched? maybe it was a bad choice of words, but if hte k-9 is latched onto a suspect the officer shouldnt' be watching a da mn thing. why was he not apprehending the suspect? maybe he was on his way and it happened to quickly?
I think that is much more likely than the officer failed to help his dog. Poor choice of words. He and his family obviously loved this dog dearly.maybe he was on his way and it happened to quickly?
Well put. He did what he was trained to do.Every handler of a PSD knows the possibilities. We train them, work them, partner with them, make them members of the family and have closer relationships than most people would imagine. When we work, we know, we may have to make that decision that sends the dog into a situation where critical injuries or death is a possibility. When it happens, we grieve, we put on our big boy panties and deal with it. More often than not, the officer wants another dog and starts all over again.
The dog was doing his job, nothing more, nothing less. Like many of his human counterparts, in addition to other canines before him, he made the supreme sacrifice.
Rest easy Schultz, your shift is over. Your replacement will now walk your beat.
I am still so surprised that the dog was on THAT road....no one should be on the shoulder of that road. The officers, the criminal...they were all in danger of being hit by a car. I can't understand why they allowed any pursuit on that road
Why? While I agree that cops don't get to choose the time and the place, there are times when they will call something off if it is to dangerous. Better to let the suspect get away then endanger everyone around them.you're kidding right?
No, a pursuit isn't called off because it runs alongside a road. When you work in the city, almost all pursuits run along a road at least at some point of time. This isn't a country field pursuit where they can call it off if it's not through a field.
I know 99% of society doesn't understand the job of a police officer but sometimes it still blows my mind the things people think and say. "The officers, the criminal all in danger of being hit by a car." Really?? They have to CATCH the criminal so society isn't in danger. You can't just call off a pursuit because something "might" happen. If people had any idea how many pursuits occur on a daily basis in every major city, they would realize that 99% of the time everything is fine. You only hear about the ones when something happens, and it's rare.