WFPD Officials Comment on House Bill that Would Require Cop Canine Training

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Texas representatives are looking at a bill that would require law enforcement agencies spend at least eight hours of annual training with a live animal, like a dog.

According to the animal advocacy group “Keeping Our Pets Safe”, Texas officers have shot more than 400 dogs since 2009.

House Bill 593 would establish a statewide training requirement for law enforcement officers to teach them how to deal with encountering canine on the job’s.

WFPD officials say patrol officers already go through trainging to some extent that teaches them how to do that, but this bill would require more extensive training.

“Training is something that every officer knows is just part of his or her career. It’s something that just goes with the job and it should. When things changed or something new comes out an officer needs to get trained on it,” Sergeant Harold McClure with WFPD says.

San Antonio’s Police Department has received praise from animal care services for its program which is similar to the bill, and Austin PD also has a program.

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