Target: Tracy Police Department Police Chief Gary Hampton
Goal: Implement more stringent protocols regarding the restraint of police dogs in patrol cars.
A police dog with the Tracy Police Department in California recently attacked a thirteen-year-old boy after escaping from the back of a cop car. The officer parked his patrol vehicle, allegedly securing it, before leaving the car. Upon discovering his dog’s disappearance, and the ensuing incident, the officer tended to the boy, and he was quickly rushed to the hospital. This type of incident is unacceptable, and the Tracy Police Department must re-examine its restraint of police dogs in patrol vehicles.
The young teenager, John Jacobo Jr. was walking down the street when the attack occurred. He attempted to run from the dog but could not get away in time, and was attacked and bitten. The patrol officer acted as quickly as he could upon receiving the news. Still, the idea that a dog can escape from a patrol car and attack an innocent pedestrian is unsettling at best.
The victim is now recovering at home, and the Tracy Police Department, as well as the officer, has taken responsibility for its actions, and is equally concerned with this sequence of events. Whether the incident was due to neglect, or simply an accident is unknown; however, anyone can agree this is unacceptable, and proper precautions must be taken in the future.
Both the police and their dogs exist to ensure the safety of citizens; however, this was not the case for John Jacobo Jr. Please sign this petition to urge the Tracy Police Department to further examine the restraint of police dogs in patrol cars.
Dear Chief Hampton,
The recent attack on John Jacobo Jr. by an unrestrained police dog was unacceptable. The dog was not properly restrained in the patrol car, and its ability to escape and harm an innocent pedestrian is an injustice, and does not reflect the values of the Tracy Police Department.
I do want to note that I was pleased to see the officer at the scene and the police department take full responsibility for the actions that occurred. The Tracy Police Department has stated how significant this issue is, and the importance of preventing accidents alike.
I urge you to meet words with action, and do everything in your power to prevent innocent citizens from being harmed by law enforcement. Let this incident become the last of its kind, and ensure the safety of our citizens. Please investigate this issue further, and implement better practices to keep police dogs from escaping from patrol cars.
[Your Name Here]
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