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​3 New State Patrol K-9s Get to Work Sniffing Out Drugs

msp-k9s-keno-front.jpgThree new crime fighters are helping the Minnesota State Patrol get drugs off the streets.

K-9s Keno, King and Remi recently completed 15 weeks of training to detect a variety of drugs hidden in places like vehicles, buildings and parcels. The dogs will be stationed with their handlers in the Marshall, Thief River Falls and west metro districts.

These latest additions bring the State Patrol’s K-9 unit up to 16 teams, stationed around the state. Fifteen of the K-9s are trained to sniff out the odors of narcotics like marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, and one is trained to detect explosives.

Learn more about the new K-9s in a recent DPS Blog post. Watch a new DPS MIC’D UP video for an inside look at their training.

Make August a Safe Month, Ride Smart

The summer months are historically the time when the most fatal motorcycle crashes happen. July ended with 30 motorcycle fatalities, compared to 28 at the end of last July.A motorcycle driving on a road.

Riders, take safety into your own hands and make smart decisions out on the road.

  • Wear your gear! *Only four of the riders killed so far this season were wearing a helmet.​
  • Practice your crash-avoidance skills and be prepared for deer! *Four of the fatal crashes involved a deer.
  • Don't speed and ride within your skillset! *12 of the fatal crashes involved only the motorcycle.
*Based on preliminary reports through the end of July.

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Video Description: Three new K-9s - Keno, King and Remi - have joined the Minnesota State Patrol after 15 weeks of training. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the training process.