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RCMP Criminal Apprehension Certification

CRIMINAL APPREHENSION

1. Dog Handlers working with Police Service Dogs apprehend criminals.

2. This session will prepare the student to train the Police Service Dog to attack a suspect, hold the suspect, release the suspect on command, stand guard while the suspect is searched and walk at "HEEL" with the handler while the suspect is escorted away. Since the students will be quarrying for each other, the instructor will place particular emphasis on the safe use of weapons and blank ammunition and role play by the quarry. The quarry is the most important aspect of teaching the new Police Service Dog to attack. The quarry must be well co-ordinated and have experience in Criminal Apprehension with trained Police Service Dogs. The importance of timing when teaching a new Police Service Dog cannot be over-emphasized. The instructor may wish to divide the classroom sessions into Levels I, II and III as this may be advantageous bearing in mind progression training.

3. The lecture, developmental discussion with demonstration/performance methods of instruction will be used and will cover:

(a) Level I progression

dog on line
dog taking "jute" arm
dog having to be taken off the arm - command "OUT"
dog having to be tethered three meters away from quarry
handler searching suspect
handler returning to dog
proper method of searching suspect and route
handler takes back and forth
handler escorting suspect away

Level II

dog on or off line on send
dog taking "jute" arm
developing dog's bite
dog "OUTING" on command
dog "STAYING" three metres away from quarry
handler searching suspect
handler returning to dog
proper method of searching suspect an route
handler takes back and forth
handler escorts suspect away on line team

3 (a) Level III

dog off line
dog taking small guard arm under coat or sweater as
long as arm is hidden
dog chasing suspect at least 15 metres
dog "OUTING" on command and returning to "HEEL" position
dog "STAYING" three metres away from quarry
handler searching suspect
proper method of searching suspect and route
handler takes back and forth
handler escorting suspect away

(b) The Quarry

the most important aspect of training a new dog
role playing - the actor
timing
dog must win
fighting the dog

(c) Equipment

collar - leather or choke
harness
gitation line
lone line leash
attack suit
variety of guard arms
jute (large)
small (concealed)
variety of jackets or sweaters
revolver
blank ammunition

(d) Communication

voice - tones and inflection
commands
"HAG"
"OUT"
"STAY"
"HEEL"

3. (e) Progression - Consistency

degrees of agitation
role of the quarry
objectives for Level I
objectives for Level II
objectives for Level III
progressing too quickly
may have to return to the basics
introduction to gunfire
conditioning the dog not to attack at the sound of gunfire
steadiness of the dog under gunfire

(f) Variety of circumstances and situations

to begin, condition the dog to one set of circumstances
slowly introduce a variety of situations
simulation at Level III

(g) Control of Police Service Dog

use of training aids
progressing to voice "OUT" "STAY"
consistency
quarry protecting themselves at all times
watching temperament of the dog and handler - not
letting dog get out of control - bringing out the best in the team

(h) Criteria

handler
dog

4. At the end of Level I, each candidate team will be able to:

(A) While the dog is on line:

4. At the end of Level II each candidate team will be able to:

(B) With the dog on/off line will:

At the end of Level III, each candidate team will be able to:

(C) With the dog off line:

5. Cross References:

Potential Dog Handler CTS Criminal Apprehension
Dog Handler
CTS Training Philosophy
Legal Aspects
Tracking
Searching



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