Const. Jordan Braid, Chilliwack RCMP, with Neon at left is one of seven new graduates from the police dog program posing for a photo at BC RCMP headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Anna Burns photo)

Const. Jordan Braid, Chilliwack RCMP, with Neon at left is one of seven new graduates from the police dog program posing for a photo at BC RCMP headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Anna Burns photo)

LETTER: Ex-cop says police dogs are a great help dealing with violent offenders

‘I cannot calculate the times I would like to have had the benefit of a service dog to assist me’

With reference to the letter to the editor published in The Progress, Oct. 7, 2022: “Someone injured every two days by police dogs,” I feel the author has done a disservice to the policing community and the dog section in particular.

Having arrested innumerable people while a member of the RCMP, I realize the author has never likely had to face and subdue violent offenders.

I cannot calculate the times I would like to have had the benefit of a service dog to assist me. I took an oath to protect the public, not commit suicide by a criminal.

As far as I am concerned public safety takes precedence over the well-being of the arrestee.

I should add they are used in numerous public assistance cases, i.e. locating lost children and adults, lost valuables, etc.

In the interests of the poor offender, might I suggest all police service dogs be fitted with rubber dentures.

Rob Irving

Chilliwack

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