When a Spanish police officer dropped to the ground, it wasn’t clear just what was happening. However, his trusty canine partner was quick on the scene, and it soon became evident that the dog knew exactly what he had to do.
Amazingly, humans have used canines to protect and serve since medieval times. Back then, bloodhounds were used by village constables to track down criminals on the run. However, police dogs as we know them today have their roots in Victorian England.
In 1889 Sir Charles Warren, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in London, used bloodhounds in an attempt to track down notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, the animals failed to find the notorious offender, whose identity remains a mystery to this day. However, dogs did found a permanent place in the British police force and many more law enforcement agencies across Europe.