K-9 Unit

Valuable Canines

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office currently utilizes K-9 teams within the patrol and correctional divisions. 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.

Purposes / Tasks

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.
K9

Caption: 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. This is Riggs and his handler Deputy Ryan Sturm.