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  • K9 and Fitness

    I like to toss this topic out every now and then to see where everyone stands. Due to the physical nature of working the K9 position, do you find yourself staying at a higher level of physical fitness than perhaps other positions within your agency? Most of the officers in our group adhere to a somewhat regular strength training/cardio program.

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    I think a part of the reason why I got the position is bc I was/am at a higher level of fitness then most in the dept.

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    • #3
      I also know that I was selected because of a higher level of fitness then others and my regular fitness routine. I also believe that it is important for handlers to be fit; it is shameful when the handler is struggling behind a driven dog.
      Go ahead and run, we like that!

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      • #4
        We have a fitness test every year, fail it and you are out, its the same test as our firearms guys (swat) take, we work with them and if you can't keep up with them whats the point??
        I think a little fitness helps in the injury area, we do more running and climbing than most, it helps.
        Nothing worse than an unfit officer.
        'Not By Strength, By Guile'

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        • #5
          There is also Vicarious Liability upon the agency in this issue:

          VICARIOUS LIABILITY:

          “The imposition of liability on one person
          for the actionable conduct of another,
          based solely on a relationship between the two
          persons. Indirect or imputed legal responsibility
          for acts of another; for example,
          the liability of an employer for the acts of
          an employee…”

          NEGLIGENT APPOINTMENT:

          Handler:

          1) Standards:

          A) Pre-entry test:
          Mentally and physically stable.

          B) Background (history) of handler.

          CANINE:

          1) Standards:

          A) Pre-entry test:
          Mentally and physically stable.

          B) Background (history) of canine.

          NEGLIGENT RETENTION:

          Handler and canine:

          1) Review of all use of force incidents.

          2) Review of physical and mental stability.

          3) Re-certification to the standards.

          NEGLIGENT ENTRUSTMENT:

          Canine to handler:

          1) Entrustment of a dog (a potential use of force) to an officer who is not physically or mentally fit.

          Terry Fleck
          Canine Legal Update and Opinions
          www.k9fleck.org
          (530) 545.2855

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