To the Colorado State legislature for enacting and Governor Hickenlooper for signing into law a bill that will require law enforcement officers undergo canine behavior training.
Governor Hickenlooper recently signed into law SB 226, “The Dog Protection Act.” 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 Colorado, 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 John W. Hickenlooper
136 State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203-1792