The purpose of the Police K9 Unit is to assist patrol officers and narcotics investigators in detecting and seizing illegal narcotics. Police K9 units are used in conjunction with Patrol Officers on traffic stops, Investigators on search warrants, and routine searches of public areas.
The Brainerd Police Department currently has one Narcotics Detection K9. Buddy, a yellow Labrador retriever, is specially trained to detect narcotics. Buddy has been in service with the Brainerd Police Department since 2002. Officer Ron Myers is Buddy’s handler.
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.
In 2005, Buddy and Officer Myers won first place in the "Indoor Search" competition at the regional certification held in Fairmont, Minnesota. In 2007, Buddy and Officer Myers achieved "National Certification" at the national trials, which were held in Cloquet, Minnesota.