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I have to admit, I once said, “My life is infested with police officers”.  My Dad is a retired investigator who worked first for the city and then the county until his retirement.  One of my favorite photos of us together was his first day of work in his blue uniform and my first day of school with my book bag and pixie haircut.  My uncles were also police officers, detectives and investigators and I’ve spent more than my fair share of time pouring over criminal case files as a paralegal.

Of course, I love my Dad, but I never wanted to be my Mother.  And I didn’t marry a cop. As it happens, I fell in love and married an artist, a firefighter, a ropes course engineer, a scout leader, a climber, a lifeguard and  an adrenaline junky with bulldozing tendencies who happened to have been dreaming since he was in fifth grade of becoming a police officer.  Never judge a book by it’s cover; he reads bad-boy, but has never been in trouble.  The signs were there, had I been looking.

Five years of being on duty later, we’ve added a new family member who’s also a cop.  Blaire, a black lab, borne of Auburn University’s exclusive canine breeding program. Her assignment is drug detection work for the City of Auburn and Auburn High School.

Auburn’s Canine Performance Sciences program has created elite detection dogs and recently, the VAPOR WAKE® detector dog technology created by researchers and canine training experts at the College of Veterinary Medicine has received a U.S. patent.

Federal Law Enforcement Animal Protection Act

Sec. 1368. Harming animals used in law enforcement

(a) Whoever willfully and maliciously harms any police animal, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not more than 1 year. If the offense permanently disables or disfigures the animal, or causes serious bodily injury or the death of the animal, the maximum term of imprisonment shall be 10 years.

H.R.1791 – Federal Law Enforcement Animal Protection Act of 2000

Southwest Welcomes Police Dogs

March 28, 2016

Southwest Airlines accepts fully-trained law enforcement service dogs trained in explosives or drug detection (or other specific functions) and search and rescue dogs for transportation, without charge, when accompanied by their respective handlers on official business.  Each Customer traveling with a law enforcement or search and rescue dog must present a letter of mission and a copy of the animal’s certification.  In accordance with federal safety regulations, the dog(s) must be positioned so as not to obstruct Customers’ expeditious evacuation in the unlikely event of an emergency.  In addition, law enforcement and search and rescue dogs may not occupy a seat or sit in an emergency exit row.

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