First meeting of Dog Protection Task Force held at Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office

Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial, addresses the first meeting of the Dog Protection Task Force, which will design the training curricula for law enforcement dog encounters so that police can better understand canine behaviors and use alternatives to lethal force against dogs. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson hosted the 17-member bipartisan task force at the Sheriff’s office last week. The training legislation, which all 100 lawmakers supported, appears to be the first of its kind. Sen. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, was the co-sponsor of the bill which requires sheriffs’ offices and police departments to offer three hours of online training on recognizing dog behaviors and employing nonlethal control methods. Local law enforcement must complete the training by January 2015. Officers hired after that date must complete training within the first year of employment.

Photo courtesy of Sen. David Balmer