MPD Trains For Vicious Dog Encounters

(Memphis) News Channel 3 learned two of the six people connected to a so-called drug house where an officer was shot are out of jail.

Tuesday’s shooting was another case of friendly fire when vicious dogs attack police.

While we don’t hear about all of them, dogs attacking officers is becoming more common.

On Your Side Investigator Stephanie Scurlock spent the day at the Memphis police training academy to show us how officers train.

“We give them the instructions and then we put them through scenarios,” said Lt. Col. Greg Sanders, Memphis Police.

The video comes on the screen and the announcer says it’s designed to test your general knowledge of the use of deadly force.

It is one of the training videos Memphis Police Officers watch during they’re  in service training.

They encounter so many dogs parts of a Shoot Don’t Shoot video deals solely with animals.

One scenario shows a neighbor complaining to police about a loose dog. He says the dog is roaming the neighborhood.

Then,  you see the dog coming toward the officer but he’s wagging his tail.

Police watching the video with us say that’s a case where deadly force cannot be used. However,  police say far too often the dogs come at them by surprise.

“Now, that they’re putting the dogs on the inside. It poses another level of threat to us not knowing what’s going to happen on the other side of that door,” Dep. Chief A. Berryhill, Memphis Police.

Berryhill says criminals use the dogs to slow police down.

Often the officer on the scene has seconds to react.

One scenario officers see during training shows that reality. In this video clip, an officer is checking out a building and from behind comes a charging dog.

That’s a situation where the officer is justified in shooting.

“We’re not looking forward to having to use deadly force on a dog but the officer has to make that decision of how threatened they are at that time,” said Berryhill.

Last year, one officer was injured when she was bitten by a dog. That officer was also working with organized crime.


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