Governor Pat Quinn recently signed into law SB 3388. Among other provisions, the law requires training for local law enforcement officers to help them distinguish between canine behaviors that indicate imminent danger of attack from those that are benign behaviors.
Law enforcement officers have a difficult job when confronted with dogs. Knowing canine behaviors will help officers avoid using lethal methods of containment when nonlethal means can best diffuse the situation.
Last year, NHES wrote on the issue of police shooting canines.
Take Action: Residents of Illinois, thank your governor and your state legislators for wanting to protect dogs in your state. Residents of other states, contact your legislators to find out what they are doing to help train law enforcement officers in canine behavior.
The Honorable Pat Quinn
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706