Canine Unit Duties
The Minneapolis Police Canine Unit currently has 17 canine teams working in the city. The 17 teams attend Roll Call at the Police Kennel and are assigned shift duties from that location. Canine teams are on duty almost 24 hours a day and can also be called in at any hour. Canine teams patrol all parts of the City.
Canine teams work regular uniform patrol in their assigned precinct and respond to assist on alarm calls; burglary calls; building searches; article searches; suspect tracking; area and building searches for suspects; narcotics and bomb calls; and officer safety assists. Canine officers may also assist on other police calls but they try to stay available for calls where their dog might be deployed. Canine teams also participate in many civic functions and educational demonstrations throughout the year.
All Minneapolis Police Canine Unit Patrol teams must pass an annual certification through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) every year after their initial 12-week basic school. This certification ensures the canine teams are not only skilled at their jobs but also well controlled. All of our canine teams receive daily training and organized unit training on a weekly basis. Most of our canines are cross-trained as detector dogs (narcotics or explosives). They must pass the 120 hour Minneapolis Police Canine Detector School and must re-certify every year thereafter.
All of the canines go home with their human partners. Not only are the dogs more socialized being around the officer's family, but they stay healthier not kenneled together where disease and illness can spread more easily.
The Minneapolis Police Canine Training Facility is located in Northeast Minneapolis. The facility has heated kennel runs, a classroom, and fenced-in training grounds. In addition to the equipment on-site, much of the unit's training takes place at various locations in the city to provide new challenges to our canine teams. This is a USPCA certified training site, and police dog training courses are open to law enforcement agencies
If you have any questions about the Canine Unit, please contact or Sergeant Chuck McCree at 612-673-5942
Last updated Mar. 15, 2013