The purpose of the Police K9 unit is to assist patrol officers and narcotics investigators in locating suspects, articles and detecting and seizing illegal narcotics. Our K9 unit is used in conjunction with Patrol Officers on traffic stops, high-risk stops and locating suspects who may have fled, investigators on search warrants, as well as routine searches of public areas.
The Brainerd Police Department has one dual-purpose K9. Keno is a Belgian Malinois and he is currently certified in tracking, police work/apprehension, and narcotics detection. Keno has been in service with our department since 2014.
Our K9 team interacts with the community by giving demonstrations at schools for all ages (preschool through senior high) and at community events, where the handler can answer questions and allow the public to learn more about the K9 program.
Keno and his handler certify annually in Narcotics Detection and in PD1 (Police work) through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). Keno has received three personal awards during certification; in 2016 he was 3rd place in Article Search, in 2019 he was 3rd place in Suspect Search, and in 2021 he was 2nd place in Agility.