Number of Vancouver police dog bites has escalated in last two years

I know this because I follow the VPD’s canine unit on Twitter. The tweet regarding Bailey and Vader doesn’t provide details on where the break-ins occurred, or how Bailey and Vader nabbed the suspects.

Did the dogs have to bite these suspects to stop them from running?

Not sure.

But I do know that Vancouver police dogs bit 122 people -- between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 -- and injuries were severe enough that treatment was required at a hospital. I got those statistics from the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.

Does 122 seem like a lot?

I’m sure each and every one of those people who were bitten and required treatment would answer in the affirmative. And I’m sure the VPD’s dog handlers will say that, in every case, those same people had it coming.


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