Definition/Scope: (AR 190-12) The Military Working Dog (MWD) that is no longer capable of dual certification in both patrol and explosives or narcotics can still maintain patrol dog functions. To fully utilize the patrol dog's potential, commanders should consider the following: patrol dogs should be employed in all areas. Patrol dogs can be used during both day and night. Public visibility increases the patrol dog team's ability to deter theft, burglary, and vandalism. The patrol dog's superior detection ability is especially useful at night or during periods of limited visibility. Patrol dogs can detect a fleeing person that a human cannot detect and, if necessary, pursue, attack, and hold the fleeing person where the handler has probable cause to believe that a serious offense has been committed. Except in extraordinary circumstances, apprehensions for minor offenses will be accomplished without releasing the dog. Patrol dogs and their handlers can present a strong crime deterrent or detection capability when used in parking lots, around billets and housing areas, and as walking patrols to make building security checks. Around schools, patrol dogs can be used to deter vandals, child molesters, exhibitionists, and illegal drug activities. Patrol dogs can also provide enhanced security for communications facilities and command posts. When patrol dogs and handlers are used to form mobile patrols, the handler can work safely with or without a partner. Mobility significantly increases the patrol dog team's potential of coverage and makes it possible for the team to perform more functions during a duty shift. The dog will ride with the handler inside the vehicle while the vehicle is in operation. Some minor vehicle modifications are necessary to provide the dog with a stable platform over the passenger seat. The platform allows the patrol dog to see and to be seen and to be able to react to any situation in which the handler is threatened or needs the patrol dog.
Narrower Terms:base security
Related Terms:Combat tracker dog