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.
- Provide a valuable resource in keeping our community safe.
- Assist other agencies on an "as needed" basis.
- Enhance our mission to protect life and property through the use of a canine.
The Canine Unit can be contacted by calling (651) 438-4750.
Meet our Current Handlers:
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 have also completed training for the detection of controlled substances.
When Cado is not working he enjoys playing with his toys and going for walks.
Sergeant Matt Schuster and Ace (Retired)
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.
Ace received training in the areas of building searches, tracking, evidence recovery, suspect apprehension, and handler protection. Ace also became a member of the Dakota County MAAG Team with Sergeant Schuster. After 8 years of service, Ace was retired, and remains living with Sergeant Schuster and his family. With more free time, Ace enjoys playing with his ball, water activities, and spending time at the cabin with his family.