Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Courtesy of KHOU, Channel 11

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We’ve seen the four-legged law enforcement officers who help police take down criminals. But just how affective are these canines? KHOU 11 News anchor Len Cannon found out firsthand this week, for his latest “Len at Work” segment.

Len visited the place where the animals are trained and said he quickly learned they are not to be messed with.

He first met Jake, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois. “We use him on explosives, he can do it all, he is an awesome dog,” said one of the HPD canine trainers. Len got to handle Jake a little, who takes commands in Dutch. After just a few minutes of feeling Jake out, Len said he wanted to take it up a notch. “This is like putting a Ferrari in neutral, so the officers let me put Jake in first gear,” he said. Len got to witness the dog react during a training police chase. He said the most impressive part was seeing what Jake did once he discovered the “criminal.” “Once he latches on, Jake won’t let go until officers tell him to,” Len said.

But Len’s day wasn’t done yet. He next put on what’s called an attack sleeve so he could stand face to face with Kitty, a smaller dog. But police brought out a bigger dog instead. “His name was Udee. Bigger dog, bigger bite,” Len said. “That was a bait and switch. I thought I was going to get Kitty and you send this big thing out here.”

Then Len upped the ante, this time putting on a full body suit.

After feeling Jake’s vice grip-like jaws one more time, officers brought out a bear of a dog named Cosmo.

“I felt that, I felt that,” said Len. “I think I’m done now.”

1 comment:

Thirsty Bear said...

That is so cool. My father was a dog handler in the Air Force. I have a lot of respect for these men. I know I would never want to be on the receiving end of those choppers without the proper gear.