Police canines are an excellent locating tool, as they have a powerful sense of smell. Officers Lien’s and Fildes's duties include city-wide patrol functions. As part of the Police Department's commitment to community oriented policing, Officers Lien and Fildes also conduct public demonstrations with their canine teams. Officers Lien and Fildes continuously train their canines together and with other area canine teams to remain proficient in their canine duties. Both canine teams certify annually through the Unites States Police Canine Association (USPCA), in the areas of patrol dog and narcotics detection.
Police canines are trained in the following areas:
- Building searches
- Open area searches
- Article of evidence searches
- Suspect apprehensions
- Narcotics detection
Police Officer Joseph Brannan and K-9 Partner Milo
Officer Joseph Brannan has been a Police Officer since September of 2008. Due to a variety of health issues, Officer John Lien resigned as the canine handler for canine Milo and allowed Milo to partner with Officer Brannan in 2014. Canine Milo started with the Moorhead Police Department in the Spring of 2011, after graduating from the St. Paul Police Basic Canine Academy. Milo is a German Shepherd dog from Slovakia.
Police Officer Mike Fildes and K-9 Partner Argo
Officer Fildes has been a Police Officer since January of 2010, and became a canine handler in January of 2013. He was partnered with his current canine partner Argo. He graduated from canine training in June of 2013 from Performance Kennels, Inc. in Buffalo, Minnesota. Argo is a German Shepherd dog from Slovakia.
Milo and Argo are the 9th and 10th canines deployed by the Police Department since 1986, when the canine program began.
Questions, Demonstrations and Donations
For more information regarding the K-9 Unit, to request a public demonstration, or to make a monetary donation to our canine unit, please contact canine supervisor, Lt Mike Detloff or call 218. 299.5203.