The Fargo Police Department has three dogs assigned to its Canine unit.The use of police canines helps keep officers out of danger and can even reduce the chance of serious injury to suspects in certain situations. Sometimes offenders try to hide from officers in places where a dog is much more efficient in finding them. Some of these offenders are very dangerous and may be armed. The use of the dogs helps reduce the danger for officers during apprehension efforts. The dogs may also allow officers to avoid using higher levels of force, including deadly force, to take offenders into custody.
In the community
In addition to law enforcement duties, the canine units are very popular at public events, such as the Fargo Police Community Picnic, Boy Scout meetings, Neighborhood Block Parties and many other events. Introducing the police canines to the public is a great way to develop rapport, especially with children. In our growing city, the need for canine officers and their partners will only continue to increase. If you would like the canine officer to attend an event, contact Sgt. George Vinson at (701) 476-4092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canines On Duty
Fargo's Canine units are increasingly valuable in the battle against drug use. They are particularly helpful in locating easily concealed drugs, such as methanphetamine. Besides assisting narcotics officers, the Canine units are very effective in searching vehicles and schools, tracking suspects and performing a variety of other tasks.
The Canine officers and their partners receive their initial training out of state. The training consists of many weeks away from home learning to work with their new partners and learning the new tasks they will perform. They then have to receive yearly certification through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) to to be eligible to work the streets. They also have to attend a multiple week narcotics certification course out of state as well. Nitro and Earl are certified and have their narcotics certification.
*March 2014 Canine Certification