Monday, May 12, 2014

Dog Shooting

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a sample policy for police departments to use to determine the level of force that officers should use when confronted with a dangerous dog.

“Police officers shall not discharge their firearms at a dog or other animal except to protect themselves or another person from physical injury and when they have exhausted other reasonable means to eliminate the threat. If a decision is made that the animal must be killed, the officer must make every effort to insure that the discharge of his weapon is done as safely as possible. The officer should also try to kill the animal in a humane way to keep the animal from undue suffering or escape.”

While 40 years ago this may have been a good policy, I don't think that it is adequate for today's litigious environment.  It also places undue restraint officers to make a perfect decision each time, which is not reasonable.  There is also nothing concerning reporting or investigation or other legal requirements.  I think there could be much better; that's what the SGT Says.

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