Although spouses are not generally concerned on a daily basis about an officers safety, this particular wife was.
She had been through her husbands narcotic, vice and patrol assignments without undue concern, but she was particularly anxious when her husband was assigned to the K-9 program.
The Police Dog and The Officers Family In most cases, an officer who is assigned to the K-9 program boards the dog at his home.
Though this arrangement is usually discussed in advance with the officers family, a realistic picture of the situation is not always presented.
Another problem often occurs when the K-9 handler is promoted or reassigned.If this is the case, they may spend the entire shift under stress and at greater than average risk.