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ABE and Red River ALC students learn about Moorhead K9 unit

July 30, 2018

Officer Joe Brannan introduced the Moorhead Area Public Schools students at Adult Basic Education and Red River Area Learning Center to his K9 partner Milo during a presentation on July 19.

Milo is a German shepherd dog from Slovakia. He is certified through the United States Police Canine Association as a patrol dog and for narcotics. Officer Brannan and Milo received their canine training with Performance Kennels Inc. in Buffalo, Minn., and they are required to do regular training.

Brannan explained to the students that their duties include city-wide patrol, suspect building searches, tracking for suspects, locating articles of evidence, locating illegal drugs, suspect apprehensions and public demonstrations. Milo demonstrated the bite and hold technique that he is trained to use for suspect apprehension.

“The dogs have their work personality,” Brannan said. “He’s truly a dog at home.”

According to Tammy Schatz, director of Adult Basic Education, the presentation was part of an ongoing effort with the Moorhead Police Department to build relationships with English language learners in the community and show how the police department serves the community.

Photo: During a presentation for Adult Basic Education and Red River Area Learning Center students, Officer Joe Brannan answers questions and describes Milo’s role as a police K9.

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