The Coon Rapids Police Department has two teams currently assigned to this specialized unit. The K-9's are assigned to the Patrol Division and handle all facets of regular patrol work, but are available to specialized work such as:
The K-9 team goes through continuous training to maintain and improve their specialized skills. The dogs live with their handlers and become a valued member of their families.
Handlers & Canines
Officer Interna Kim and Belgian Malinois Ike are members of the canine unit. The two graduated from training school in June 2016. Officer Kim enjoys being a canine handler and says it is a challenging job.
Kim says "Dogs can search a field that would take 10 to 20 officers, all in a fraction of the time. They help us with investigations in ways that are extremely vital to policing. The dogs are valuable tools and they do great work!