Canine Unit

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What is the role of the Canine Teams in the Omaha Police Department?

To assist in the daily operations of the department

Who commands the Canine Teams assigned to the Canine Unit?

A sergeant

When will a Canine Team be called in by command officers?

When a serious incident justifies a call-in

In what situations are Canine Teams automatically deployed while on routine patrol?

Burglary in-progress calls and felony crimes where a suspect has fled on foot

What are some of the tasks that the Canine Team may be used for by Uniform Patrol Bureau officers?

Searches, narcotics detection, criminal apprehensions, and tracking

What types of canines are used by the Canine Unit in OPD?

Dual-purpose canines for narcotics detection and criminal apprehensions, and canines solely for narcotics detection

What should officers do when a police dog has been deployed on an apprehension?

Stand still and wait for instructions

Why is it crucial for officers not to make sudden movements after a canine has been released?

To ensure the officer's safety and prevent unnecessary contact

In evidence searches, what is the responsibility of officers before a canine search begins?

Avoid any disturbances in the area to be searched

Who decides whether a canine will search on- or off-leash during evidence searches?

Canine Handler

What is a key requirement for officers requesting the assistance of a narcotics Canine Team?

Possessing a search warrant or articulated reasonable suspicion

When should 911 Dispatch contact outside law enforcement agencies for a narcotics Canine Team?

If there are no on-duty narcotics canines available

What is the primary purpose of using a Canine Team in narcotics detection?

As a valuable tool in drug enforcement

Why should searches of vehicles for illicit drugs normally be conducted only for large quantities believed to be hidden?

To minimize potential danger to the officers and canine

What is the principle on which Canines track?

By tracking on crushed or disturbed ground vegetation

What is the significance of officers maintaining visual contact of their assigned areas from vehicles or buildings during tracking operations?

To protect themselves from potential threats

What is the purpose of setting up a perimeter during tracking operations?

To secure the area and establish control

Why is it important for officers to have persons who know the last location of the suspect(s) stand by?

To establish an accurate starting point for tracking

What guidelines are given regarding back-up officers during tracking operations?

Back-up officers should stop if the Canine Handler stops

In what scenarios would a 15-foot tracking line be attached to a canine?

When conducting an area search

What does a Canine Team use when conducting an area search in a building?

Human scent cone

What is the role of back-up officers during an area search with a Canine Team?

Be aware of movement in and around the search area

Why should officers not interfere with the commands of the Canine Handler during a criminal apprehension?

To prevent harm to themselves and others

What factors are considered by the Canine Handler when determining whether to deploy a canine for criminal apprehensions?

The severity of the crime, potential threat, and resistance shown by the suspect(s)

What action should officers take before the Canine Team arrives at a building search scene?

Secure the outside perimeter

What is the responsibility of officers if a canine alerts to a suspect(s) within a building?

Not leave the Canine Handler unless instructed to do so

What is the role of the back-up officer when searching a building with a Canine Team?

Assist in making the area safe to approach

What should officers do if they determine that a burglary has occurred and suspects may still be inside a structure?

Request a Canine Team through 911 Dispatch

What are officers advised to do with opened doors or windows before the arrival of the Canine Team during a building search?

Attempt to close them to contain scent and canine during search

What step should be taken when officers are attempting to locate suspects using a Canine Team?

Consider tactics and clear each room as they advance

What is forbidden for officers regarding their interaction with police canines during operations?

'Feeding' the canine in front of other officers

What is the responsibility of the Canine Handler at the completion of a search operation?

Advise the requesting officer of any items located.

In a Canine Vehicle Search, why is it important for back-up officers to maintain observation of the operator or occupants?

To prevent any unauthorized items from being moved or disposed of during the search.

What must be done before the canine enters a building during a Canine Building Search?

Remove all occupants and food from the interior.

Which statement accurately describes the procedure during a Canine Building Search?

The requesting officer conducts a search with the Canine Handler.

What is required to be documented when a canine use of force incident occurs?

A Chief's Report, Forensic Investigations Unit contact, and treating physician's name.

In a canine use of force incident investigation, what should be done if the suspect refuses to cooperate?

Document the refusal and proceed without taking photos.

During a canine use of force investigation, what role does the responding sergeant play?

Coordinate medical treatment and document findings.

Which individuals should be removed or placed in one area before beginning a narcotics search in a building?

All persons on the premises except for requesting officer.

'Canine Handlers will NOT be responsible for turning in evidence recovered from a requested search' implies that:

'Requesting officers must handle all evidence from searches.'

'No detection operations will occur when the Canine Handler has deemed the area unsafe' highlights the importance of:

'Prioritizing handler and canine safety during operations.'

What is the responsibility of the Canine Unit Sergeant regarding the completion of reports?

Reviewing the use of force and completing the Chief’s Report.

During canine use of force incident interviews, what is a critical question asked by the investigating sergeant regarding suspect's actions?

Did the suspect make any statements acknowledging their failure to surrender?

What type of questions should be asked when interviewing witnesses to a canine use of force incident?

Questions related to announcements made prior to canine deployment.

Who has the authority to decide whether canines can make public appearances?

The Canine Unit Sergeant.

Which form is NOT listed as one of the reports that the canine officer must complete?

(OPD Form 3) External Wound Location Chart.

When interviewing suspects regarding a canine use of force, what should the investigating sergeant avoid if felony charges are anticipated?

Questioning the suspect regarding the canine incident.

What type of questions should be asked when interviewing suspects subjected to canine use of force?

Asking about their alcohol or drug consumption and interaction with announcements.

What is NOT a question asked when interviewing witnesses to a canine use of force incident?

'Did the officer witness the suspect resisting?'

'What did the canine do when the suspect was found?' is a question asked when interviewing suspects to find out:

The canine's reaction after locating the suspect.

What is one of the key considerations for officers before requesting a Canine Team Area Search?

The weather and other environmental factors

During a tracking situation, what is the responsibility of back-up officers?

Advise the Canine Handler immediately if they stop

In a Canine Building Search, what is the significance of wind direction?

It guides the canine in locating the scent cone of a suspect

What must officers do during an area search with limited concealment and cover?

Consider tactics as they work their way to the location of an alert or apprehension

When is an announcement about deploying the dog not necessary during an area search?

When circumstances make such announcements impractical or tactically unsafe

What should officers do if the canine alerts to a suspect or is involved in a bite situation during an area search?

Not leave the Canine Handler until told to do so by the Canine Handler

What role do back-up officers play during tracking operations?

Maintain visual contact from vehicles or buildings

What does it mean for back-up officers to be 'on alert' during tracking operations?

They need to alert other officers of any movement in the search area

How do Canines track suspects?

By following crushed or disturbed ground vegetation

In what situations should back-up officers be prepared to assist during an area search with a Canine Team?

If movement is detected in and around the search area

What should back-up officers do when an officer is moving during a canine apprehension?

Stop moving and wait for instructions from the Canine Handler

What should officers do if they are bitten by a canine during an apprehension?

Stop moving and wait for the Canine Handler to call off the canine

Why is it important for officers to follow all instructions of the Canine Handler after a canine has been released?

To avoid making sudden movements

When are vehicle searches for illicit drugs typically conducted by the Canine Team?

Only for large quantities of narcotics believed to be hidden in sealed compartments

What must officers have before requesting the assistance of a narcotics Canine Team?

A search warrant, consent form, or reasonable suspicion

What should officers do if they need a Canine Team to search for controlled substances?

Contact 911 Dispatch and request assistance

What is the role of the Canine Unit Sergeant when no on-duty narcotics Canine Team is available?

Contact outside law enforcement agencies for assistance

Why are Canines used as a valuable tool in drug enforcement?

Due to their ability to alert on narcotics directly related to scent availability

What is important for officers to have before requesting a Canine Team for searching vehicles suspected of containing illicit drugs?

A search warrant, consent to search form, or reasonable suspicion.

What should officers do before a canine enters a building during a Canine Building Search?

Ensure that all doors and windows are completely shut.

What is the responsibility of the Canine Handler regarding evidence recovered from a requested search?

To not be responsible for turning in any recovered evidence

In a Canine Vehicle Search, why is it important for the requesting officer and back-up officers to maintain observation of the operator or occupants?

To assist the Canine Handler with detecting narcotics

What must be done before a Canine Building Search in relation to any narcotics or paraphernalia in plain view?

The requesting officer must take custody of any narcotics or paraphernalia in plain view

What is the primary reason for removing all persons from a search area before beginning a narcotics search?

To avoid contamination of evidence

During a Canine Use of Force Investigation, what documentation is required if a suspect sustains injuries due to the use of force?

An Injury Incident Report completed by the Canine Handler

In a Canine Building Search, what is the responsibility of the requesting officer and back-up officers before conducting the search with the Canine Handler?

To conduct a search without the canine to take into custody any visible narcotics

Why is it important for officers to remove or place all persons on the premises in one area before beginning a narcotics search in a building?

To ensure that no one interferes with the search operation

What should be documented by officers when investigating a canine use of force incident that resulted in injury to a suspect?

"The wound was cleaned and irrigated, and Tylenol was given."

'All persons on the premises shall be removed or placed in one area prior to beginning the narcotics search' - Why is this necessary according to the text?

"To minimize distractions for the Canine Handler during detection operations"

What is NOT part of the responsibility of officers when preparing for a Canine Building Search according to the guidelines?

Make certain that all persons are removed from the premises

What is the responsibility of the Canine Unit Sergeant when it comes to reviewing reports related to a canine use of force incident?

Completing the 'Supervisor' section of the Chief’s Report

Why is it advised for the investigating sergeant not to question suspects if felony charges are anticipated?

To avoid complicating the criminal investigation

What is the primary purpose of having civic organizations request police canines for public appearances?

To promote community engagement and relations

When interviewing suspects who were subjected to a canine use of force, what critical question does the investigating sergeant ask regarding the suspect's actions?

"Is the suspect under the influence of drugs or alcohol?"

Why might a tactical or safety reason be considered for not giving announcements before deploying a canine?

To surprise and catch suspects off guard

What determines whether canines will be allowed to make public appearances according to OPD guidelines?

"The discretion of the Canine Unit Sergeant"

"Were there other witnesses in the vicinity of the announcements?" is a question asked when interviewing witnesses regarding a canine use of force incident. Why is this question significant?

"To ascertain if there were bystanders who could corroborate events"

"What did the officer appear to see during the apprehension?" is a key question asked when conducting interviews related to a canine use of force incident. Why is this question important?

"To gauge officer perceptions during the event"

"What type of canines are used by the Canine Unit in OPD?" is NOT typically a question asked during interviews regarding canine use of force. Why?

"Because it does not relate directly to the incident being investigated"

What should officers do if they determine that a burglary has occurred and suspects may still be inside a structure?

Immediately request a Canine Team through 911 Dispatch.

What is forbidden regarding officers' interaction with police canines during operations?

Giving commands to the canine without permission.

What is the responsibility of the Tactical Operations Section Captain regarding Canine Teams?

Directly command Canine Teams assigned to the Canine Unit

When are Canine Teams automatically deployed while on routine patrol?

For burglary in-progress incidents only

What type of Canines are used by the Canine Unit in OPD?

Dual-purpose canines for narcotics detection and criminal apprehensions

Which situation warrants automatic Canine Team response while on routine patrol?

A suspect fleeing on foot post a serious misdemeanor crime

What role does the Canine Unit Sergeant play in relation to the completion of reports?

Handles all aspects of report completion

Under what circumstances are command officers authorized to call in a Canine Team if they are not on-duty?

If a serious incident justifies a call-in

Learn about the policy of the Omaha Police Department regarding the Canine Unit, which provides professionally trained Canine Teams to assist in daily operations. The teams are commanded by a sergeant and report to the Tactical Operations Section Captain.

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