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Created: 07/18/2012 2:03 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Mark Albert

MPD Canine Unit Violated Policy, Dogs Uncertified

A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation has uncovered that criminal cases could be put at risk because of a mistake made by the Minneapolis Police Department's Canine Unit.

We found that some dogs have not been certified in their specialty for months - and yet kept working anyway.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reporter Mark Albert's investigation prompted a department review which led to immediate changes.

Watch our story above.

Hennepin County Attorney's Office and Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak react to our investigation

See which Vikings and Gophers games were worked by uncertified MPD explosives detector canines

View a summary of the certification records for the MPD Canine Unit (2009-2010)

View the actual certification records for the 18 canines in the Unit in 2010

Read the MPD's policy about canine re-certification ("annually" on pg. 12)

Watch the raw interview with the commander of MPD's canine unit, Lt. Rob Skoro.

Visit the website of the Minneapolis Police Canine Unit

View the certification requirements for the United States Police Canine Association


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