Police service dogs (K-9s) are used in law enforcement primarily for their superior scenting and locating abilities. Police K-9s' sense of smell and ability to recognize and respond to a wide variety of scents allow them to locate persons and contraband much more efficiently and effectively than humans. K-9s also allow the police department to resolve dangerous situations in a more safe and efficient manner. Each dog and officer team go through a specialized 16 weeks of patrol and narcotic training before working in the community.
Our dogs are used as locating tools and are trained to conduct building and large area searches for hidden criminals, tracking lost persons and criminals, article/evidence searches, and narcotics detection. The dogs are also featured at numerous community education functions and public canine agility demonstrations.
Serving the community as a police officer takes a toll. When you are with someone on their worst day, you need to be at your best. We understand that we need to take care of our public safety teams so they can take care of our community.
The idea of a wellness dog for Burnsville Police originated in 2019 by Detective Andrea Newton when therapy dogs began surfacing in police departments in southern states. City of Burnsville and the Burnsville Police Department are taking a number of proactive steps to take care of staff and the addition of Doc is one of many wellness initiatives.
Donations help fund training and equipment for our K-9 teams. If you would like to make a contribution, Donate through our secure system or please make checks payable to City of Burnsville and note K-9 Unit in the memo and deliver to:
|Burnsville Police Station
100 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337
Blaze is a German Shepherd-Malinois mix from Slovakia who loves to cuddle and will come up and lean on anyone willing to pet him. He’s a big fan of deer antlers and will chew on one for as long as you let him. His favorite toy is a black Kong ball and nothing will ever come close to that. Like the rest of us, Blaze loves a good treat – greenies are one of his favorites.
Maverick is a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix from Hungary weighing in at 90 pounds. Every morning, Officer Teske gets the best greeting with Maverick jumping on his doghouse and putting his paws on Officer Teske’s shoulders to give him a hug. He loves his Kong, belly rubs and to snack on ice cubes. If Maverick leans on you and shows off his toy to you, you know you’re liked.
Doc is a Whoodle, a soft-coated Wheaten Terrier/Poodle mix donated by Heart of America Whoodles (HOAW) located just outside of St. Louis, MO. Doc is working on her therapy dog certification to provide comfort and stress relief to our police officers and City of Burnsville staff. She’s easily everyone’s favorite visitor and puts smiles on every face she meets. She loves to play fetch with a tennis ball and adores the constant pets.
Burnsville's K-9 unit started in 1982 with Starsky.
Doc (Wellness dog)