BURNSVILLE (WCCO) — The Burnsville Police Department now has two police dogs thanks to the generosity of the community.
A 1-year-old German shepherd named Razor started his new job with Officer Brian Hasselman last Friday, after completing a 12-week training course at the Police Canine Training Center in St. Paul.
They join Burnsville’s other K9 partners — Officer Ben Archambault and his dog Echo, who have been working together over a year with the K9 Division.
Burnsville Police Sgt. Bentley Jackson, a former K9 handler who now oversees the K9 division, said they were able to get the two dogs mainly through donations from the community.
He said a fundraising campaign started in 2009 when the police department needed to replace two retiring dogs.
The city raised more than $25,000. That money went to paying for each untrained dog which costs around $7,500 because they are bred from a bloodline of police German shepherds imported from Europe. Extra funds went to training and equipping the dogs and their handlers.
Jackson said the dogs are very cost effective, about $2,000 a year after the first investment.
Most typically patrol for 5-8 years if they aren’t injured or get an illness.