Tuesday, November 13, 2012
DUI driver who was pulled over for running a stop sign fled on foot as officers pulled him over. Shortly after fleeing, Lakeville's K-9, Zeus, picked up his scent and found him hiding on a garage roof.
Most times when an officer makes a traffic stop, the violator will pull over to the side of the road and wait for the officer to approach their car, but officers stopping vehicles never assume that is what will happen. Officer Shawn Fitzhenry and Officer Brad Wubben initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for going through a stop sign without stopping. The vehicle pulled over to the side of the road and the driver jumped out of the car and fled down the roadway on foot. Officer Fitzhenry chased the suspect and called for assistance. Officer Jason Jensen and his K-9 partner, Zeus, responded to the scene along with other officers to assist. Officer Fitzhenry continued to chase the fleeing suspect, but lost sight of him in a residential …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Chief: "This past year we celebrated the 25 year anniversary of our K-9 unit here at the Lakeville Police Department."
This past year we celebrated the 25 year anniversary of our K-9 unit here at the Lakeville Police Department. Over the years, we have been fortunate to have six outstanding teams of great dogs with very dedicated and professional police K-9 handlers to serve our community. To date, every one of our police K-9s over the past 25 years have been specially bred German Shepherd dogs. The German Shepherds have always been selected because of their inherent qualities that make them very well rounded police general duty dogs. That tradition of using German Shepherd breed dogs exclusively for our police K-9 dogs is about to change this month with the deployment of our first police K-9 dog that is a Belgian Malinois breed. This past week, Tank, …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Lakeville, Burnsville and Apple Valley K-9 police units delight during a demonstration at Antlers Park.
The fur was a-flyin' at Antlers Park as members of the Lakeville, Burnsville and Apple Valley K-9 police units demonstrated what their dogs can do on Thursday. Three police dogs and their handlers put on a show for those assembled, showing off what years of advanced training can do in helping to keep their communities safe. Be sure to follow all Lakeville Patch's 2012 Pan-O-Prog coverage.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Officer Troy Hokanson and Detective Brad Paulson joined 40 other students in graduating from the BCA Management Certificate Program this past week.
In law enforcement there are many skills that officers are required to acquire and maintain throughout their careers, such as proficiency with firearms, emergency driving skills, and emergency first aid skills. Our officers train in these areas on an ongoing basis and are tested periodically to make sure that they are proficient and capable in these critical skill areas. Just like their human partners, our LPD Police canines are also required to train in critical police skill areas such as obedience, tracking, and apprehension, on an ongoing basis and then have their skills tested in Regional Police K-9 Trials. This past week, Officer Chad Loeffler and his K-9 partner, Shadow, and Officer Jason Jensen and his K-9 partner, Zeus, had their…
Monday, May 14, 2012
Shadow's will live out his years as a family pet with his handler, Officer Chad Loeffler.
One of Lakeville's two K-9s will be retiring later this year. Shadow, who has spent six years on the Lakeville Police force, will live a life of relative luxury as he spends his remaining years as a family pet—with some unique abilities—with the handler he's known since coming to Lakeville, Officer Chad Loeffler. “The typical service life for patrol canines is six to seven years,” Lakeville Police Chief Tom Vonhof told Sun Thisweek. “What happens is they start experiencing health issues as they get older.” It's not that Shadow is old in terms of dog years, necessarily, just too old to serve as a police K-9. Typically, when a K-9 is retired, that dog stays with its handler, and a new officer is chosen to become a handler for the new dog-…
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Lakeville K-9 team excels at trials.
A few weeks ago we conducted a concentrated commercial vehicle inspection detail to help ensure that the commercial vehicles operated on our streets and roadways are being operated with all the required safety equipment. The vast majority of commercial vehicles on our streets are properly equipped with all the required safety equipment and are driven by professional commercial drivers who are very safety conscious. The purpose of conducting directed traffic enforcement details involving commercial vehicles is to prevent crashes by focusing on those few commercial vehicles not being operated safely or with all the required safety equipment properly working. This past week Officer Troy Hokanson responded to a personal injury motor vehicle …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Lakeville Police hosted a K-9 demonstration at Antlers Park on Thursday. The event featured K-9 teams from around the south metro.
Lakeville's Police Department hosted its annual Pan-O-Prog K-9 demonstration on Thursday morning at Antlers Park. The demonstration featured agility and handling drills performed by Lakeville, Apple Valley, Farmington and Bloomington K-9 teams. Lakeville Officer Chad Loeffler, who handles LPD K-9 Shadow, was emcee for the event, and also provided a demonstration. Lakeville Police Officer Jason Jensen and his K-9 partner Zeus, Farmington Police Officer Travis Sundvall and his K-9 partner Bosco, Bloomington Police Officer Ben Archambault and his K-9 partner Echo, and Apple Valley Police Officer Eve Rudolph and her K-9 partner Radar, all participated in the drills. More than 200 people were at the event. To see photos or catch up on this year…