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 K-9 Echo
Echo

K-9 Rex

Rex
2016 K-9 Fundraising Goal Met
Thanks to many generous donations, the public has helped the Burnsville Police Department achieve its goal of raising the funds needed to secure a new police K-9.

In July 2016, the department announced the upcoming retirement of K-9 Echo. Echo has served with his handler Ben Archambault since 2010.

With Echo preparing for retirement, the department began raising funds for the City’s next police K-9 (who will join the department’s other K-9 team of Rex and his handler Brian Hasselman).

Burnsville began its K-9 program in 1982. In the past 34 years, 13 four-legged officers have served the department. Four of those K-9s (including both Echo and Rex) were funded almost exclusively through public donations.

The Burnsville Police Department would like to thank the residents and organizations who have made donations to the K-9 Unit over the years. 

Use of K-9s
Police service dogs (K-9s) are used in law enforcement primarily because of their superior scenting and locating abilities. Police K-9s' superior sense of smell and the ability to recognize and respond to a wide variety of scents allow them to locate persons and contraband much more efficiently and effectively than humans.

A police K-9's secondary function is as a "use-of-force" tool. They can be deployed by their handler in situations that require immediate apprehension of violent and dangerous criminals who attempt to avoid arrest by fleeing and/or hiding. A police K-9 allows the police department to resolve dangerous situations in a more safe and efficient manner.

Burnsville's K-9s
The Burnsville Police K-9 Unit consists of two teams - Officer Ben Archambault and his K-9 partner “Echo” along with Officer Brian Hasselman and his K-9 partner “Rex.” Both dogs are used as locating tools and are trained to conduct building and large area searches for hidden criminals, tracking lost persons and criminals, article/evidence searches, and narcotics detection. Both dogs are also featured at numerous community education functions and public canine agility demonstrations.

Rex is the newest addition to the Burnsville K-9 unit and began patrolling with Officer Hasselman in the spring of 2014.

Both Echo and Rex were imported from eastern Europe and bred specifically for police work. Both dogs then completed a 12-week training program at the St. Paul Canine Training Center before going to work, where they are used for criminal apprehension, tracking, evidence search and recovery, and narcotics detection.

Unit History
Burnsville’s canine unit started in 1982 with Starsky. Thirteen dogs have served in the unit:
Starsky
Cassidy
Colonel
Hunter
Mack
Buck
Baron
Louie
Stryker
Dagger
Razor           
Echo
Rex                              
1982-1988
1983-1990
1988-1992
1991-1992
1992-1996
1993-1997
1997-2004
1997-2005
2005-2010
2004-2011
2011-2014           
2010-Present
2014-Present           

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