Services - K9 Unit
Apprehension dogs aid their handlers by assisting in arresting known dangerous criminals who will or may offer physical resistance to the arresting deputies or officers, or who may attempt to flee or escape custody as is displayed by this demonstration.
The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office currently has two canines assigned to a patrol deputy and a correctional officer.
K-9 Axel is considered a dual purpose canine and he works in our patrol division. He has been trained in suspect apprehension, narcotic evidence searches, and has the ability to seek out lost and missing persons.
K-9 Meeko works mainly in the correctional facility and is trained in narcotics detection to help keep the facility remain a drug-free zone.
Each of the K-9's will assist other agencies in need of their specialized training when needed.
The use of canines is a legitimate and valuable tool in law enforcement. Their greatest values are in the deterring effect of their presence and their superb sense of smell.
Historically, the various purposes of canine units included:
- To provide protection for the deputy assigned as the handler or to provide protection to other officers or the public.
- To assist in arresting known dangerous criminals who will or may offer physical resistance to the arresting deputies or officers, or who may attempt to flee or escape custody.
- To assist in search and apprehension work for intruders, prowlers, escapees, burglars, or individuals who have fled the scene of traffic stops, terminated pursuits, or abandoned vehicles where the occupants are being sought by law enforcement authorities.
- To aid in the search for lost or missing persons.
- To assist in restoring or maintaining order at riots, major disturbances, crime scenes, accident scenes or where large crowds of people pose a potential control problem.