Media advisory: Province to release guidelines for police dog deployment

Vancouver, B.C. [November 27]—The Province of B.C. will introduce guidelines for the training and deployment of police dogs in the province today, the first of their kind in Canada.

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The recommendations follow a report published by Pivot Legal Society in June 2014, which compiled more than two years of provincial police data detailing the deployment of police service dogs and their impact on public safety. The report found that police dogs are the number one source of injury caused by police forces in British Columbia, and made several recommendations including restrictions on how the dogs can be deployed and changes to the way dogs are trained.
Pivot Legal Society lawyer and report author Douglas King will be available for comment following the release of the new provincial police dog guidelines.
Who:              Douglas King, Pivot Legal Society, police accountability lawyer
What:             Provincial police dog guidelines
When:            Thursday, November 27, 11:00am
Note: A gallery of images and graphs related to police dog bites in British Columbia is available here.
For additional information, please contact:
Kevin Hollett, Communications Director: 778-848-3420, [email protected]
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About Pivot Legal Society
Pivot Legal Society is a leading Canadian human rights organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Canada. Pivot’s work includes challenging laws and policies that force people to the margins of society and keep them there. Since 2002 Pivot has won major victories for sex workers’ rights, police accountability, affordable housing, and health and drug policy.