Waco police put temporary hold on K-9 program

Posted at 2:09 PM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 17:33:31-05

Sgt. Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Department said their K-9 program has been put on a temporary hold.

This comes one month after an officer shot a K-9 that turned on its handler while they were serving a warrant. The K-9 died at the scene.

According to police, the K-9 turned on his handler for unknown reasons.

Swanton said a company is coming in to re-evaluate the program. They will check in with handlers and the two K-9s.

He added that officers who would like to use K-9 services will have to put in a request with a commander for review. If necessary, the department may receive help from neighboring departments during this time.

Swanton said they do not know how long the temporary hold will last. 

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