Canine Unit

The Owatonna Police Department's canine, Kash, is a pure bred German Shepherd.  He was bred to be a police dog and brought to the United States to work for the Owatonna Police Department.  Kash has much more desire and drive than a German Shepherd born in the U.S.  At just 13 months old, Kash began his career as a police service dog in the spring of 2013 at the St. Paul Police Canine Training Facility with Officer Brady Fox assigned as his handler.  Their training program was an intensive twelve week program where Kash learned obedience and his handler learned how to read and communicate with Kash by voice commands and hand signals.  Together, they learned how to track people for a variety of reasons, search for people in large areas as well as confined spaces.  Kash is also trained to aid in the apprehension of dangerous offenders for officer and public safety.  Kash lives with his handler and goes to work every shift in a specialized police car that keeps him safe while on routine patrol where he must be ready for rapid deployment situations.  On July 2, 2014, Officer Brady Fox resigned his position as a police officer and Kash was then assigned to Officer John Petterson who has police canine handler experience earlier in his career.  Officer Petterson is pictured below with his previous canine partner Kilo (1995).  Being a Canine Officer is a 24 / 7 job.  The canine handler is a specialized unit in the police department and a great addition that aids in the war against crime.  We have received fantastic support from our community and without public and private donations, our canine program would not be where it is today.  Aside from their work catching bad guys, the canine handler also fulfills requests for public presentations.

If you are interested in a canine presentation, please contact us by clicking on the link below.

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Shown below are previous Owatonna Police Department canines and their handlers.

 Officer Brady Fox & Kash              Officer Brandon Fandel & Bullet                 Corporal John Petterson & Kilo