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K-9 Unit

K-9 Unit

The Worthington Police K-9 Unit consists of two dual purpose canines.  Both canines are certified yearly by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) in both Detector and PD1 Certifications.  One of the canines is named Frank'ee.  Frank'ee was born in Bowling Green Kentucky and is assigned to Officer Roemeling.  K-9 Frank'ee is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois that has been with the Worthington Police Department since 2016.

K-9 Mack is a German Shepherd and was born in Slovakia in February 2013. K-9 Mack was picked up in February 2014 by Officer Riley in St. Paul.  Officer Riley and Mack then graduated from the 3-month long St. Paul Police K-9 Academy for patrol canines.  Officer Riley and Mack returned to St. Paul in the Fall of 2014 for another month of narcotics training.  Officer Riley and Mack are currently USPCA certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection.

Both dogs are trained in all aspects of criminal apprehension, building searches, area searches, narcotic detection and handler protection. They are also skilled in tracking suspects or lost individuals.K-9 Thor

The purpose of the Worthington K-9 Unit is to provide a superior sense of smell, hearing, and potential aggressiveness as a valuable supplement to law enforcement man-power, which aids in crime prevention and control. Public demonstrations are given at many times for any organization requesting the service. The K-9 Unit also conducts locker sniffs in area schools and is available to any area law enforcement agencies requesting any of the above listed K-9 services.

While not working, both K-9’s live with their handlers in their homes. To stay up-to-date with current dog demonstrations and fundraising, follow the Worthington Police Department on Facebook.

K-9 Patrol Car

The patrol car used by the K-9 Unit is standard police car modified for transporting our dogs. Most noticeably, it has a platform in the rear seat specifically designed for the dog, and electric doors that may be opened remotely by the handler. The handler often has to leave his dog in the car while attending to other business and will leave the car running with the air conditioner or heater on. The car will activate the lights and siren if the temperature gets too hot inside the car.