Canine Legal Update

Canine Legal Update!!!!!
On September 27 – 28, at Edgecombe Community College, Greg Rodgers of Smith Rodgers, PLLC, will teach a two-day course K9 Law and Police K9s in Public Schools. The first half of this two-day course provides an overview of the legal issues involved in the use of the police canine in the patrol setting, including the admissibility of canine evidence and civil liability concerns arising from the use of the police canine. Topics covered include: the useĀ of the police canine as an instrumentality of force (with a special emphasis on minimizing potential civil liability); the use of the police canine as a tool to search for evidence (focusing particularly on the admissibility of canine evidence); and, the use of the canine to track suspects (again with a particular focus on the admissibility of this canine evidence). The second half provides an overview of the legal concerns involved in the use of police canines in the school setting and the potential for liability for officers and agencies arising from the use of canines in schools, with focus on the proper use of the canines in the school context and on identifying and minimizing potential liability arising from the use of the canine in that context. This course is ideal for canine handlers, school resource officers, and supervisors and administrators involved with either canines or school resource officers.

There is no fee for sworn personnel. To enroll, please contact Bernie Taylor at Edgecombe Community College, taylorb@edgecombe.edu or 252-567-6967 Or Tim Braddy at eastcoastcanie@gmail.com or 252-813-2543.