News 4 Investigates: The training behind police K9s

They’re a tool of law enforcement. K9′s draw admiration, respect and sometimes fear.
Published: Feb. 22, 2023 at 10:31 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2023 at 5:42 AM CST
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - Police K9′s draw respect, admiration, and of late, a little controversy.

They’re a tool of law enforcement. But some of their tactics are drawing more questions, with one state is considering banning them for use in arrests.

Just last week, a California lawmaker proposed a ban on K9s for arrests and crowd control.

News 4 Investigates looks into the training of these working dogs. Watch the video as we sent Chief Investigative Reporter Lauren Trager to train with a local K9 unit in our area.