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Purpose and Scope:
The sheriff's canine program was established to augment the sheriff's services to the community. Highly skilled and trained teams of handlers and sheriff's canines have evolved from the program and are used to supplement sheriff's operations to locate and apprehend criminal offenders, detect illegal controlled substances, locate evidence, and protect deputies and the public.
Deputy Brian Smidt and "Cado"
"Cado" is a German Shepherd. He was born in October, 2012, in Slovakia and came to the United States in April, 2013. Deputy Smidt and Cado have been partners since April, 2013, when they attended the St. Paul Police Canine Academy together.
Cado has received training in the areas of building searches, tracking, evidence recovery, suspect apprehension, and handler protection. Deputy Smidt and Cado will go back to training this fall for detection of controlled substances.
When Cado is not working he enjoys playing with his toys and going for walks.
Deputy Matt Schuster and “Ace”
“Ace” is a cross between a German Shepherd and a Belgian Malinois. He was born in March, 2006, in Slovakia and came to the United States in February, 2007. He has a distinct “tiger striping” color to his coat called brindle. Deputy Schuster and Ace have been partners since March, 2007, when they attended the St. Paul Police Canine Academy together.
History of the Sheriff's Canine Unit:
Detective Daniel Scheuermann and his Narcotics K-9 partner RAJAH worked the streets with the task force and for the patrol division for ten years, (1996-2006). During that time, this K-9 team detected over $1,000,000 in illegal controlled substances, was involved in the seizure of more than $200,000 in cash and assisted in more than 1000 search warrants. Dan and Rajah were certified by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) and was recognized as one of the top 10 teams in the country throughout their term. Rajah achieved Regional Top Dog and National Champion status in both team and individual competitions. K-9 Rajah ended her tour in February 2010.
Pictured above: Canine "Rajah"
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