Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Law enforcement K-9 dog bites: injuries, complications, and trends (1997)

Law enforcement K-9 dog bites: injuries, complications, and trends (1997)  – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9140249

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What’s the difference between “bite and hold” vs “find and bark”?
  • In Los Angeles, between 1988 and 1995, what percentage of police dog bite victims were black or Hispanic?
  • What sorts of injuries can one receive from a police dog?


Medline is a medical literature database operated by the National Library of Medicine. This particular item is a record for an article from the Annals of Emergency Medicine studying whether the Los Angeles Police Department’s shift from having their dogs “bite and hold” to “find and bark” reduced bite injuries on suspects. Although the full article is not freely available, the abstract is enough to give you information on K9 bites in a large city. It also documents that “find and bark” does seem to easier on suspects and dogs alike.

You’ll hear more about Medline and MedlinePlus, its layman oriented partner in Health Issues and Tragic Complications.


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