A use-of-force review will be launched after a Regina police dog bit a bystander in the leg during a training scenario.

On Tuesday night, a canine unit officer and dog were participating in a training/tracking scenario in the 1700 block of Arthur Street. The officer had the dog on a 10-foot long leash as they were following a track created by another member of the canine unit.

The victim, a 56-year-old man, was sitting on his front step when police say the dog left the track he was following, rounded the corner of the house and bit the man on his right leg, pulling him off the step.

The man was taken to hospital, where he was treated for puncture wounds to his leg. A supervisor went to the hospital to meet with the victim and another family member, police said.

The incident will be subject to a use-of-force review conducted by a committee of six experienced police officers, including sergeants and staff seargeants. The committee will be chaired by an inspector.

“Pending the outcome of the review, steps will be taken, if necessary, to amend policy and training standards to prevent such occurrences in the future,” Regina Police Service spokesperson Elizabeth Popowich said in an email to media Wednesday.

“The Service will also continue to communicate with the victim to ensure he is apprised of the result.”