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What are some more specific fields that I can do becoming a K9 police officer?

I am a hard-working dedicated student that enjoys the world of Criminal Justice. I always loved learning about crime and how I can use my critical thinking to help solve different crimes. I enjoy learning about detective work alongside pursuing a career related to becoming a K9 police officer. I hope to keep experiencing new things involved with the law enforcement as well as what I can do to help me achieve my career goals. #criminal-justice #law-enforcement #police-officer #police #K9Unit

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Divita’s Answer

Chassity, I would totally agree with Dennis. The physical part of law enforcement is very important. I would tell to research departments to learn what it is to pass their physical agility testing. Also, I would some communications and speech classes because you need to comfortable in talking and presenting yourself clearly.
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Mark’s Answer

Hey Chassity,
You have heard from the other folks the importance of being in good shape when getting into law enforcement, however that fact becomes even more important when you're a K-9 police officer. K-9 officers often have to track suspects who have fled on foot from police officers and more times then not they will flee into areas that could contain heavy foliage and uneven terrain in rural environments, or flee into areas that have stairs and elevated surfaces in urban environments. The K-9 officer has be able to keep up with their partner and ensure that the actions taken by the dog are legal, reasonable and appropriate. Being a K-9 officer is a whole other level of dedication given the fact that your dog / partner becomes part of your living arrangement and everyone who lives with you becomes part of the team. I have known many K-9 officers during my police career and each one was an expert regarding the physiological and psychological makeup of dogs, and most of these dedicated professionals had a passion for dogs their entire lives. I would suggest taking steps right now to know as much as you can regarding the physical care and behavioral characteristics of dogs so that when the time comes you will be able to hit the ground running and provide the best service for your community and, of course, your partner! :)

Best of luck to you and best regards,

Mark
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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Chassity C: That is an interesting combination of careers! First, to get into law enforcement you need to do well in school and be in good physical shape. Due to the complexity of police work you need to take courses in sociology, law and stay in gym class - you will need to pass a physical endurance test. Next, K-9 officers work with dogs and need to have special bonds with the dogs they work with daily! I would suggest working part time in a pet shop or working in a veterinarian's office. Having a special bond with a dog is a special feeling. K-9 dogs will do anything for their master. So you need to learn how to train a dog with verbal, hand and even eye signals. You have a lot to do. Good luck and have fun uou have a great career ahead of you!
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