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K-9 duty death statistics highlight need for official reporting system

from By Mark Bond

In 2014, there were 20 law enforcement K-9 duty deaths reported to the Officer Down Memorial Page. It's difficult to say how accurate that number is, because the statistics on K-9 duty deaths are difficult to track. U.S. law enforcement has no official reporting procedures or agency that collects the data of law enforcement K-9 partner duty deaths. This is a major oversight and needs to be corrected so that the information obtained from these loyal partner deaths can help develop policies and additional training for handlers and K-9s. more


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