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Spokane Police Department’s


OFC. KEITH CLER AND ANGEL


OFC. SHAWN KENDALL AND STRYDER SGT. TROY TEIGEN AND RICO


OFC. CRAIG HAMILTON AND LEO


by Blythe Thimsen photo by M.J. Rose


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N A RECENT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, A GROUP OF DOGS and their owners gathered on the edge of a grassy patch. One at a time the dogs took their turn, running, fetching and following the commands of their owners. It could easily be a doggie


obedience class at a regular park, with dogs and owners frolicking in the late afternoon sun, playing fetch. The similarities end when, with the sound of gunshots in the background, one of the dogs lunges at a nearby person’s arm, sinking its teeth into the arm and holding on tight, and then is praised by its owner. Not to worry, the dog is doing exactly as it has been trained. Welcome to the Spokane Police Department’s K-9 Unit’s Wednesday night training session. The park in which the dogs are frolicking is not a real park, but is a grassy area on the campus of the Spokane Police Academy, and the


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gunshots are not the sound of a shootout, but of officers practicing at the firing range, a safe distance away on the campus. The one thing that is real in this scenario is the bite the dog takes,


but the individual on the receiving end isn’t injured, thanks to the protective bite sleeve worn over their clothing. Soon that sleeve is removed from the individual and placed on the ground. “What we’re doing here is trying to see if the dog will go after the arm, or after the visible sleeve on the ground,” says Spokane Police Officer Craig Hamilton as he explains the purpose of this activity is to train the dog to attack and bite an individual, rather than training them to visually go after the bite sleeve. Not too many criminals are decked out in bite sleeves, and these dogs need to be crisp in their skills, ready to assist their human counterparts in times of service. Polishing and fine-tuning their skills are the reasons the K-9


officers bring their dogs to the training sessions. Training runs year round every Wednesday evening at the Spokane Police Academy. There are usually 10 to 12 teams, with each team made up of one handler and one dog. It is not just the Spokane Police Department


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