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Canines on the Police Force Police dogs have become a vital part of the police force They are well trained obedient dogs that unlike humans do not fear the daily challenges that arise on the job Police units throughout the world use K-9 units They are employed by most local police forces and by many governmental agencies Police dogs can search 400 to 500 packages in a half an hour They can search a car every minute This speed saves time when a human searcher could only do about one car every twenty minutes Also according to Canada Customs in one year 1993 the dogs searched 80000 cars 11 million packages and 6 million units of cargo From this they found 58000 pounds of marijuana 3027 pounds of hashish 18 pounds of cocaine 29 pounds of heroin 5 pounds of opium and 43 million dosage units of illegal prescription-type drugs The combined value of all these drugs in 1993 was 1925 million dollars Throughout the years dogs have been trained using natural and artificial scents they continue to use this training by tracking people and substances despite on the job hazards As man evolved he began to use dogs to hunt prey and search for food However as he became more civilized he needed to use dogs for more than those three simple things He needed dogs to perform certain and specialized tasks This is how selective breeding began Certain dogs were used to herd sheep and were common on a farm These dogs became known as Shepherd dogs The German Shepherd in particular is a late breed of various breeds of Shepherd dogs in Germany Through selective breeding they were adapted for the rough job they had plus new ones Their shaggy coat developed into a thick dense short coat They are relatively tall 22-26 inches and have a medium sized head with a long nose This large body helps it
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