Thanks in part to the generosity of the St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation, Maplewood Police were recently able to welcome a new K-9 team. Officer Joe Demulling and his new partner, Brix, started their training at the St. Paul Police Department K-9 Training Center on September 9th.
The St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose focus is on educational & charitable purposes to support the St. Paul Police Department Canine Unit. The St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation sometimes offers financial support to other law enforcement agencies utilizing the St. Paul Police canine training program.
On September 26th employees at the White Bear Lake Sam’s Club presented a donation to the St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation, a portion of which would be used to fund the grant for a new Maplewood Police Department K-9 team. Through the efforts of Sam’s Club employees, more than $14,000 was raised and presented to the K-9 Foundation. Approximately $6,000 of that was used to offset a portion of the cost to the Maplewood Police Department.
“The replacement of one of our K-9 teams was not something we planned this year,” said Deputy Chief Dave Kvam. “We are very appreciative of Sam’s Club and the St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation for their tremendous generosity. Our canine teams are a wonderful resource, helping our officers in their efforts to protect the public.”
The Maplewood Police Department has fielded two canine teams for many years. One of our K-9 handlers, Sgt. Bierdeman, was recently promoted to sergeant. Considering the age of his K-9 partner, Rebel, the promotion would normally necessitate the retirement of that team. In part because Sgt. Bierdeman and Rebel have performed so well together and because they are a veteran team, the department has elected to let them serve out their remaining time together, with Sgt. Bierdeman in his new role. The money raised by Sam’s Club and grant from the K-9 Foundation is allowing Maplewood Police to field an additional canine team, in preparation for the eventual retirement to come.