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CPSO deputies learn how to better deal with dogs at "canine encounters" training course

CPSO deputies learn how to better deal with dogs at "canine encounters" training course

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies participated in a special "canine encounters" training course Thursday intended to teach deputies how to better deal with dog encounters.

"We just deal with animals so much, that it's just getting to the point to where we just need to be more educated on what we need to do," said CPSO Lt. Robert Manuel. "Learn about some other tools we might be able to utilize instead of just actually, you know, shooting an animal."

The 8-hour course was held at the Calcasieu Training Academy in Lake Charles and was led by senior law enforcement specialist Jim Osorio and his K-9 Coral of Arlington, Texas. He taught deputies about dog body languages, effective report writing in regard to dogs and learned about "tools of the trade" referring to less lethal alternative tools to use on dogs over a gun.

"I don't have to teach them how to shoot, I'm not here for that," said Osorio. "I'm here to teach them how to handle all the encounters using less lethal weapons. They're going proactive on this for their officers."

Deputies learned these techniques on the sport and says they will prepare them for a real encounter.

"We just have other alternatives and we're definitely going to use other alternatives," said Lt. Manuel. "The last thing we want to do is hurt an animal. I own animals myself and are a part of our family to us. So, if we have other alternatives, we can do that and use those and I think we should."

Osorio says he is in the process of arranging dates to teach the "canine encounters" course at other local law enforcement agencies like the Sulphur and Lake Charles Police Department.

Deputies will receive a certificate of completion from this course.

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