Canine Unit

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 the Sheriff's operations to locate and apprehend offenders, detect illegal controlled substances, locate evidence, and protect deputies and the public.


Contact Information:

The Canine Unit can be contacted by calling (651) 438-4750.

Meet our Current Handlers:

Deputy Brian Smidt and Rex

Rex is Belgian Malinois Born April 24, 2013 in the Netherlands. He was trained, certified and titled through the Royal Police Dog Sport. He was brought to the United States for the purpose of becoming a police K9 in the spring of 2016. Deputy Smidt and Rex went through training in Florida in the summer of 2016 before hitting the streets. Rex’s current duties are tracking, building searches, article/evidence recovery, and narcotic detection.

When Rex isn’t working he enjoys being pet and a lap dog.

Last Reviewed: 4/1/2016
Last Updated: 4/11/2016/h5>

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Dakota County Sheriff's Office

1580 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033

Emergency/Non-Emergency: 911