Fully funded by the Edina Crime Prevention Fund, the Edina Police canine teams consist of Officer Sean Young and Canine Blitz, Officer Jason Behr and Canine Blade. Both German Shepherd Dogs were imported from Europe. The basic handler course is 12 weeks and the narcotics detector course is three weeks. They train regularly with other canine units in the area. Their training meets the standards as set forth by the U.S. Police Canine Association.

Patrol Canines are trained for a variety of tasks:
• Agility
• Apprehension
• Article / Evidence searching
• Building Searches for hidden criminals
• Handler Protection
• Narcotics Detection
• Cocaine
• Crack Cocaine
• Heroin
• Marijuana
• Methamphetamines
• Obedience
• Tracking for fleeing criminals or missing persons

To arrange for a demonstration, contact Edina Police Sgt. Mark Melander, 952-833-9539.

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