The City of St. Charles Missouri began its Canine program in 1977 with two donated dogs. These dogs and their handlers were trained and certified through the St. Louis City Police Canine School. Then in 1991, the city began purchasing Imported dogs from Europe that had been bred specifically for police work.
Today our Saint Charles City Police K9 Unit is comprised of three dog/handler teams and a trainer:
Officer Rick Fischer and K9 "Phoenix" Officer Dan Allen and K9 "Nitro" Officer Jeremy Bratton and K9 "Lobo" Officer Tim Wandling - K9 Unit Trainer
All three dog / handler teams are certified for Criminal Apprehension (controlled agression), Drug Detection, Obedience, Article Search, Area Search, Building Search, and Tracking. They pass a yearly certification through the North American Police Work Dog Association and the Missouri Police Canine Association.
Each K9 lives at home with their handler and family and very much becomes a part of that family. These dogs are purchased by or donated to the city for police work between 14 months and 2 years of age. They are trained in house and the new dogs are usually ready for their first certification after an intense 3 to 4 months of training. Our dog/handler teams receive 16 hours of training time each month with our trainer to keep up and improve their skills and sometimes even learn new ones!
The City of Saint Charles has a long history of providing excellent K9 services to our citizens as well as those visiting or traveling thru our city.