Regina police dog bites and drags civilian during training exercise

The Canadian Press
July 06, 2017
By The Canadian Press
REGINA — The Regina police service is investigating after one of its dogs attacked a civilian during a training exercise.

Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich says on Tuesday night, the canine unit officer and dog were taking part in a tracking scenario where the dog was on a 10-foot leash.

As they rounded the corner of a house, the dog left the track he was following and went after a 56-year-old man who was sitting on his front step.

Popowich says the victim was bitten on his right leg and pulled off the step by the dog.

The officer got the dog under control and called for EMS, which took the victim to hospital for treatment of puncture wounds to his leg.

Popowich says a committee within the police service made up of six officers and headed by an inspector will review the case to determine what led to the incident.

“Pending the outcome of the review, steps will be taken, if necessary, to amend policy and training standards to prevent such occurrences in the future,” she says. “The service will also continue to communicate with the victim to ensure he is apprised of the result.”

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