Get to know Max, the Rapid City Police Department’s K9 service dog

Here’s a Q&A with K9 Max from the Rapid City Police Department (and his handler, Officer Roan Reiman).

RAPID CITY, SD – Meet the K9 Max of the Rapid City Police Department! His master is Roan Reiman, a patroller for over 8 years.

What does Max do?

Max is trained to find drugs and evidence, as well as people. “I do more these days with the proactive side of things, looking for people who are victimizing city and county citizens, looking for illegal drugs, significant violent offenders, that sort of thing,” says Officer Reiman. .

How was Max trained?

K9 trainers harness dogs’ natural instincts and use those abilities for public safety. Many dogs, especially Max, love to hunt, and they do so by tracking scents. Thus, K9s can be trained to chase the scent of a human or illegal drugs and locate the source of the scent.

What breed of dog does the RCPD use?

Belgian Malinois are chosen specifically for their endurance and driving characteristics. “Our dogs are from Europe, they are bred and bred in Europe, and Europe has a long tradition with everything from hunting dogs to working dogs to sporting dogs…so they are very specialized in breeding, breeding, training, all of that in Europe, so we select dogs from there because they have a head start in that,” Office Reiman adds.

What does Max do for fun?

Max likes to exercise, play and be an ordinary dog ​​at home. He also likes to hike, visit the lake and run in the morning with his humans.

“Your partner is always there…if you’re called, or if we’re called as a team, it makes it a lot easier because we both jumped in the cruiser and drove to where we were. are necessary”, concludes the agent Reiman. .

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