It’s a renewed call by Pivot Legal Society to make statistics on police dog bites more readily available.
Lawyer Doug King says the society has written a letter to both B.C.’s director of police services, as well as the Vancouver Police Department, a month after an innocent bystander was taken down by a K-9 unit.
King says the most recent numbers they have were acquired by an Freedom Of Information request.
“It doesn’t put any context behind those bites, including the number of people who have been apprehended by a police dog, with or without a bite being incurred. It doesn’t do it by handler, by individual, and it isn’t really broken down by the type of bite, or the injury suffered.”
In September, Vick Supramaniam had his ear torn off by a police dog.
He was an innocent bystander during a take-down in New Westminster.
Supramanian still plans to pursue civil litigation.
In a statement in response, VPD Sgt. Brian Montague notes that the force sees the largest number of calls when comparing to other police departments in B.C.
Montague says it is common for many of the 700 daily calls to be attended by K-9 officers.
He says there are times where deploying a dog is the safest option for both officers and the public.
That includes immediate control of a violent and non-compliant suspect, or one fleeing from police.