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Recoil: Canine Technology

A Force Multiplier in the Police K9 World

In police work, canines are hugely significant force multipliers — and the numbers don’t lie. The Lansing Building Search study in Michigan showed that a building search for two bad guys with two-man teams of patrol officers recorded a 59-percent success rate in locating the individuals. Compare that to a K9 unit, boasting a 93-percent success rate and requiring a fraction of the time to conduct the search.

While there’s little doubt about a dog’s utility, they’re only an extension of their handler and his or her limitations. Technology can help handlers overcome these shortcomings and create a more effective K9 unit.

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