Do the K9s like to bite?
The K9s only bite when absolutely necessary to protect themselves, their handlers, another officer, a citizen or when they need to capture a fleeing felony suspect. Most often, when faced with a confrontation with a police dog, criminal suspects choose to surrender. When our dogs do bite, they are trained to grip and hold the suspect until their handler is able to take over. This results in very minor injury to the suspect. Idaho Falls Police K9s are primarily used as search tools. They enjoy hunting for and finding people, articles of evidence, illegal drugs and explosives.

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1. Where do the police service dogs live?
2. Do the K9 Teams visit schools and other social gatherings?
3. Can I touch/pet the police service dogs?
4. Do the K9s like to bite?
5. What kind of dogs do you use?
6. Where do they go when they retire?
7. How do officers get selected to become K9 handlers?
8. How is a dog able to smell so well?