K-9 Unit

The Edina Police Canine Unit consists of two teams. Both canine teams trained with the St. Paul Police Canine Unit and schooled in agility, obedience, tracking, criminal apprehension and handler protection.

Our Canine Team consists of Officer Sean Young and Canine Blitz, Officer Jason Behr and Canine Blade. Both German Shepherd Dogs were imported from Europe to join their handlers. The basic handler course was 12 weeks and the narcotics detector course lasted three weeks. They train regularly with other canine units in the area. Their training meets the standards as set forth by the U.S. Police Canine Association.

Patrol Canines are trained for a variety of tasks:

  • Agility
  • Apprehension
  • Article / Evidence searching
  • Building Searches for hidden criminals
  • Handler Protection
  • Narcotics Detection
  • Cocaine
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
  • Obedience
  • Tracking for fleeing criminals or missing persons

To arrange for a demonstration, contact Sgt. Mark Melander, 952-833-9539.

Special thanks to "It's a Pet's Life" for feeding and keeping our dogs healthy.


Police Department

4801 W. 50th Street
Edina, MN 55424

General: 952-826-1610
Emergency: 911

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

K9 Training Field

K9 Training Field

The Edina K9 Unit trains regularly at the South Metro Public Safety Training Center. There are several pieces of K9 agility equipment and a tactical tower at the Training Center that are used for many different drills. The K9 teams from Edina train with many different agencies around the state as they hone their skills for street work and certification trials.

For more than forty years, the Edina Crime Prevention Fund has been a valuable community partner. The Fund is a proud contributor to many police department services and programs. Click above to visit the Crime Fund's website and see the complete list of the programs they support.