NPD will not use K-9s for some arrests pending policy review

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith told 10 On Your Side that K-9s will not be used to make arrests in some cases while the department reviews its policy.

City spokeswoman said the chief is clarifying when an officer can release a dog. The policy states police can use a K-9 in all assaulting an officer cases, but now officers will only use the dogs when their lives are in danger as the chief reviews the policy section.

Last week, a police dog bit Norfolk State University student London Colvin during an incident at an off-campus party. Goldsmith said the use of force was unreasonable. The K-9 officer and dog are on administrative leave during the investigation.

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Colvin faces disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges.

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