The Sheriff's K-9 Unit is a part of the Sheriff's Office Enforcement Services Division, headquartered in Brooklyn Park.
The K-9 Unit works throughout Hennepin County and the region. The K-9 teams conduct sweeps for dignitary protection, conduct narcotics and explosives detection, track and apprehend fleeing suspects, and track and locate missing persons. In 2012, they completed approximately 500 searches and 150 tracks. They located missing persons, evidence, and suspects.
The Sheriff's Office partners with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Explosive Detection Canine Program. A Sheriff's Office K-9 team works with the ATF, which may include working details for other federal agencies nationwide.