That was great policework
The post circling Facebook was originally shared by Edith Williams, who thanks the Meridian police chief for the video and helping her cause – a public group called Idaho for Nonlethal Canine Encounters.
According to Williams, the police department sent two officers to a Defensive Tactics Canine Encounters class back in 2014. Officers were taught how to use confidence and “less lethal means” while “keeping the officer, innocent bystanders and the public’s canine companions from harm.”
Officer David Gomez was trained for this type of situation.
In the video, you can hear Gomez warning bystanders of the two unfriendly dogs. While waiting for Animal Control to arrive, the dogs continue to bark (one of which is physically foaming at the mouth), but the officer remains calm and eventually convinces the dogs to get into his patrol car.
Gomez had nonlethal tools – a deployed baton and pepper spray – if needed.