K-9

The Maplewood Police Department currently has two canine teams. In 2007, Officer Joe Demulling and his partner, Brix, graduated from the Saint Paul Police Department canine training program. In 2022, our second team joined the Department, Officer Robert Starkey Langner and Kyro.

The Police Department has utilized a canine program since 1977, and since that time, 12 officers and their canine partners have dedicated a great deal of time and effort to the program.

K9 Unit

Officers

Those officers and their partners include:

  • Officer Robert Starkey and Kyro: 2022 to present
  • Officer Joe Demulling and Ronan: 2019 to present
  • Officer Todd Langner and Kody: 2016 to 2021
  • Officer Joe Demulling and Brix: 2013 to 2018
  • Officer Tony Gabriel and Yoda: 2007 to 2016
  • Officer Brian Bierdeman and Rebel: 2007 to 2016
  • Officer Steve Hiebert and Duke: 1999 to 2007
  • Officer Stan Belde and Jagr: 2000 to 2007
  • Officer Steve Palma and Jake: 1995 to 2000
  • Officer John Bohl and Shep: 1989 to 1999
  • Officer John Banick and Kodiak / Prince: 1985 to 1995
  • Officer Scott Steffen and Tiger: 1984 to 1991
  • Officer Dan Mettler and Pepper: 1980 to 1984
  • Officer Dick Lang and Lade: 1977 to 1987