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.
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