Skip to comments.Headbutting Police Dogs A PC Step Too Far
Posted on 12/06/2007 10:38:00 AM PST by DancesWithCats
You really couldn't make it up... a Welsh police force is training its dogs to headbutt criminals rather than bite them, because politically correct - 'PC' - bosses are afraid that allowing the dogs to bite criminals will infringe their human rights!
The policy, devised by North Wales Police, comes as a result of increased compensation claims from members of the public who have been bitten by police dogs.
Officers say the toothless tactic provides a safer way to tackle uncooperative offenders, and dog squads may soon adopt it across the country. But critics say it is another example of political correctness gone mad - putting the rights and safety of criminals before cutting crime and protecting the public.
Rather than biting suspects, the dogs have instead been trained to disable their targets by leaping at them and delivering a flying 'head-butt'. The scheme is being pioneered by North Wales police, which is headed by controversial chief Richard Brunstrom, using the Belgian Shepherd Malinois, which are fast becoming the police dogs of choice in the UK, as they are smaller, more agile and stronger than the traditional German Shepherd.
Under the scheme, the dogs would be muzzled to prevent them from biting. To protect the animals, a metal rod across the front of the muzzle helps absorb the impact of the strike.
'Instead of biting, the dog is muzzled and launches itself like a missile at the midriff of the target,' said Deputy Chief Constable of North Wales, Clive Wolfendale.
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I assume their police dogs are poodles?...
What’s the next step? Fido detains the bad guy by humping his leg?
drunken soccer fans?, not so much.
Up until now, Political Correctness has been a muzzle by analogy. Here is where the PC muzzle has become literal.
im glad europe is the first to try this soon to be failed experiment.
If you doubt the efficacy of a canine head butt, you should be on the receiving end of one from my younger Lab (one of his many nicknames is “Blockhead”) when it is dinner time and he thinks you are ignoring him. He has that big broad head that comes from English breed stock, and he can sure get your attention. That said, I wouldn’t see him as an effective law enforcement tool. He only butts those who control the distribution of his food.
Just write the whole country off then. They are giving it away anyhow. Common sense - it just isn’t there any more.
Why are (I’m assuming criminals) being compensated for being bitten anyway?
Stupidity - sheer stupidity.
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