The goal of the St. Cloud Police Department Canine Unit is to provide trained and certified canine teams to assist our department and surrounding law enforcement agencies in a safe and efficient means for criminal apprehensions, explosives detection, narcotics detection, tracking and search and rescue operations. The Officers and their canines complete bi-monthly training with the Central Minnesota regional canine group and with the Minneapolis Police Department Canine Unit.
Our Canine Unit also serves as a public relations tool for the department. During their patrol shifts the unit is often called upon to conduct demonstrations, talks, or routine visits to introduce the canines to members of the public. These demonstrations and talks are presented at schools, childcare centers, nursing homes and to a variety of community organizations and citizen groups.