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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department has released an outside report that evaluates its K-9 unit. The report was commissioned following an incident last fall where the use of a police dog at the end of a car chase was brought into question.

In his 21-page report, Dr. David Ferland, an outside K-9 expert, reviewed the unit and identified its strength and weaknesses. Ferland also made recommendations, including more training and certification for the handlers and dogs, changes in some department policies regarding the use of dog trained for explosives detection and other handling tips.

Click here to see the full report.

Ferland also ruled that K-9 Kaas, which was involved in the fall incident involving the car chase, suitable for police work and can be retrained for a different, experienced handler, but Ferland does not suggest pairing Kaas with a new, untrained handler. Because WPD does not have another trained handler available, Ferland suggests sending Kaas to another department, where the dog can be paired with an experienced handler. The officer who previously handled Kaas was reassigned to WPD patrol unit when he returned from leave following an investigation into the car chase incident.

WPD says its staff has already begun implementing the Ferland’s recommendations.

“While I felt our K-9 Unit was operating according to policy and industry standards, it was critical to ensure that those assumptions were correct. We had to restore confidence not only to the public, but the Department and the K-9 Unit itself,” Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement. “Our community, police department and the K-9 Unit deserve the best practices we can implement.”

Evangelous is scheduled to speak with reporters this afternoon.

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9 Comments on "WPD releases evaluation of K-9 Unit"

2015 years 10 months ago

But a lot of viewers praised this cop for his wrongdoing. Thought he was a hero. When the same thing happen to them let’s see will they praise the cop then.

2015 years 10 months ago

And that IDIOT that ran from police and tried to run them over is STILL in jail. I feel so much safer now. To the K9 handler and his dog….GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TIMEKEEPER….you are an idiot. What makes you think that moron was actually giving up? I guess you missed where he refused to UNLOCK the doors or even roll down the window. Maybe if he had turned off the car but he didn’t. In fact, if you look at the video, it doesn’t even look like he put the vehicle in park All he did was put his hands up but refused every other command given by LEO. I wish the dog took more of a chunck out of him. Would have served him right. Timekeeper, do you even realize that a similar incident happened a few years ago and the suspect acted like he was going to surrender only to try and run a female officer over????

2015 years 10 months ago

You feel safer moron, this officer did what he had to do , to make sure this scum bag didn’t attempt to run over another Law Enforcement Officer. Hence why the Officer was cleared of any wrong doing.By all mean if you think you can do a better job , or since you seem to know more and law enforcement . Maybe you should quit your job a burger king and enforce the laws that dangerous criminals constantly break. Oh wait thats right your just not man enough.

2015 years 10 months ago

So, the idiot cop that shoved a dog in the window of a surrendering suspect’s vehicle is still among us. Makes one feel so much safer.

2015 years 10 months ago

The officer that defused a potentially lethal situation with his non lethal dog is still among us yes. I feel safe except now people doing such acts as aiming cars at officers and the like can expect bullets rather than bites. Either way the department gets a black eye for doing one of their basic functions; PROTECT the population at large from those that can or will hurt others.

Timekeeper's Guest
2015 years 10 months ago

Yes, the cop that shoved his K9 partner though the window of a still uncontrolled suspect that blew through a checkpoint, and led multiple agencies on a chase where he hit multiple vehicles is still on the job. Unfortunately, his employer didn’t back him up as they should have, so he got reassigned.

No telling what he might have done had he not been occupied with the dog.

I’m not a bit concerned about how it was handled, as I will never have a similar encounter.

Me: A checkpoint ahead. I dig my license and CWP out. Turn on interior lights at night. Roll down window. Stop as directed. Hand cop license and CWP. (Cop now knows I likely have a handgun).
Cop: Hows it going? Me: Just fine. Cop: (Sometimes) Anything to drink tonight? Me: Nope. Cop: (Sometimes) Are you carrying tonight? Me: I am. Cop: Usually something along the lines of “Good / Glad to hear it / Have a good night / be safe, etc” Me: You too.

At this point I’m on my way. The whole interaction took mere seconds. I don’t go away feeling my rights or privacy was violated. Really! What did the cop learn at the stop? I have a license, I haven’t been drinking, and I’m carrying legally.

2015 years 10 months ago

…need everything they can get to feel safer. Glad you’re better now! Go back to your crack pipe.

The Sheriff
2015 years 10 months ago

Cops fault they are criminals, right?

2015 years 10 months ago

If I remember correctly that happened shortly before the incident with the dog. Officers shot at a vehicle that blew through a checkpoint. The officers caught a lot of grief for doing that. There’s just no pleasing some people.


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