101 4th Street SE
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)
Law Enforcement response
Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Dial 911 For Emergencies
Narcotics Tip Line
(This is a voicemail only line to leave tips or information)
About the K-9 Unit
The Rochester Police K-9 unit has an authorized operating strength of eight K-9 teams and provides 24/7 coverage to the City of Rochester. Six of these teams are dual purpose, meaning that they are certified to work patrol and certified in the detection of narcotics. Two of these teams are single purpose and are certified in the detection of explosives.
The K-9 Units works closely with the Patrol Division, Emergency Response Unit (also known as SWAT), Street Crimes Unit, Narcotics Unit, and School Liaison Unit in the locating of evidence, suspects, and heightens handler and officer safety on high risk calls for service and critical events.
A K-9 Unit is invaluable because the K-9’s improve officer safety. They are able to locate and find hidden/dangerous suspects in situations and in areas where officers entering would have to place their lives and safety at risk. Every year they remove hundreds of thousands of dollars of controlled substances from the street. They locate suspects and evidence from the streets that would not have been located at the time of the incident thus assisting in effective prosecution.
The dogs used by the unit are German Shepherds,Belgian Malinois and British Labrador Retrievers. The dogs and their handlers go through a vigorous training program that prepares them for police work. Initially, the dogs receive training in obedience, article searches, tracking, agility and criminal apprehension. Later on, the dogs will receive training in narcotics or explosives detection, depending on the unit’s needs. When not working, the dogs live at home with their handlers, but are always excited to come back to work to keep our community safe.
Educating the public is important to the K-9 Unit. Officers within the unit conduct public demonstrations at various events throughout the year. If you are interested in hosting a K-9 demonstration, please contact the the K-9 Unit Sergeant.
Olmsted-Rochester Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation
In 2014, the Olmsted-Rochester Law Enforcement Foundation was founded with the mission and purpose of providing financial support for the Olmsted County Sheriff’s and Rochester Police Department’s K-9 Units. The Foundation is an independent entity that collaborates with the Rochester Police and Olmsted County Sheriff K-9 Units to identify and prioritize special needs that are not funded through the department’s budgeting process.
For more information on the Rochester Police K-9 Unit, please visit the Olmsted-Rochester Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation’s website and their respective Facebook page.
Current Rochester Police K-9's
K-9 Duke - Patrol & Narcotic Detection
K-9 Kola - Patrol & Narcotic Detection
K-9 Riot - Patrol & Narcotic Detection
K-9 Wrecker - Patrol & Narcotic Detection
K-9 Riley - Explosive Detection
K-9 Sarge - Explosive Detection
K-9 Ty - Patrol & Narcotic Detection
Retired Rochester Police K-9's
K-9 Zeke - Retired 2018
K-9 Rocco - Retired 2017
K-9 Britt - Retired 2016
K-9 Chase - Retired 2016
K-9 Razor - Retired 2015
K-9 Jake - Retired 2014
K-9 Keegan - Retired 2013
K-9 Shocker - Retired 2010
K-9 Thunder - Retired 2008
K-9 Bosco - Retired 2007
K-9 Astro - Retired 2006
K-9 Raach - Retired 2005
K-9 Mace - Retired 2002