New police K 9 technology tracks units and keeps them safe from the heat

Posted on Aug 06, 2014

Instituting technology among police forces is growing in popularity and departments want the latest devices to keep officers safe and decrease the amount of crime. When it comes to police dogs, agents want to keep their K-9 officers safe, too.

In Arizona the ADPS is using new technology to protect its K9 units from overheating and to keep track of their location with a GPS device

According to The Arizona Republic, in the hot summer months, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS) in Casa Grande uses technology to ensure police dogs don't become overheated or unintentionally left in a police cruiser during a frantic police scenario. 

Technology making smarter K-9 units

Officers are expected to constantly be on their feet and ready to take a hold of any incident that comes in their way. For officers with police dogs, their K-9 agents can sometimes move away from the crime scene or get lost when chasing criminals.

New tracking technology is making sure police dogs are never lost and can sometimes even track them to hiding criminals. According to The State, many officers believe police dogs are their partners and are also considered officers since they often are used for "high-risk situations" to chase criminals and disarm threatening people.

"The dogs have saved many deputies' lives," said Master Deputy Doug Wannemacher, the dog trainer for the Greenville County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina.

K-9 units essential for crime fighting

Many departments view their K-9 units as an integral piece of their police force and instituting technology to protect them could help with their crime control operations. According to The Arizona Republic, the ADPS is the first organization to equip their dogs with the new tracking technology.

The device is connected to the dog's neck and monitors the body temperature while working as a GPS module to keep tabs on their location, the source added. Additionally, the device sends a text message or email alert when the dog's temperature reaches a serious condition.

Police dogs can be easily over-worked

Often times, the police dogs don't understand when they need to take a break from fighting crime, which can cause them to get exhausted at much quicker rates in the hot summer months.

"With the high drive of the dog, he doesn't want to stop," said Officer Brian Greene of the ADPS, according to the source. "We need to pay attention so we don't run him into the ground."

The price of dogs used for police activity is a serious investment - each K-9 can cost between $6,000 to $7,500, which only furthers the need to keep their four-legged agents in the best condition, The State reported.

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