The job of a police officer is a perilous one, especially when dangers lurk in the most unexpected places. This week alone, two officers were injured while performing their duties, but under rather embarrassing circumstances. On Thursday, an airport sergeant and dog handler was bitten by a seasoned police sniffer dog while the latter was performing a routine drug check on check-in luggage. The unfortunate incident happened when the eight-year-old male English springer spaniel jumped on a baggage conveyer belt and trapped one of his hind legs. Seeing his beloved animal whimpering in pain, the officer immediately pressed the stop button and jumped to his rescue. Already in a panic, the dog took a bite at his master's hand. Now bleeding and in pain himself, the conscientious officer extracted his animal colleague before seeking treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital. The K9 suffered a deep cut that required a dozen stitches but he is otherwise in good shape. He has been put in solitary confinement, oops, I mean placed 'under observation'. Meanwhile, an agile elderly woman floored a policeman, jumped on him and then snatched his notebook when he tried to issue a parking ticket to her friend's car in Mongkok on Tuesday. Backup was called to help restrain the lady, 70, who was handcuffed and charged with assaulting a police officer. She was released on $1,000 bail and ordered to report back to the police on May 22.