Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Traci LeBrun
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Welcome Chaos, PCSO's new K9

 

Pine County Deputy Aaron Borchardt and Chaos.

A new pup named Chaos has been purchased by the Pine County Sheriff's Office (PCSO). Chaos is a year old Belgian Malinois, a special breed imported from a company called Jinopo in the Czech Republic from where many police dogs come. The dogs have strong bloodlines and are bred for their high degree of trainability, strong nerves, substantial bones, dark pigmentation and their will for work.

Chaos came to Pine County with a year of training from McDonough K9 Trainers out of Anoka. When Chaos is finished with his 12-week team training with handling officer Deputy Aaron Borchardt, he will be ready to join the ranks of the other K9s and start duty. He'll be used for tasks such as narcotics tracking, suspect apprehension, article search/recovery, handler protection, search for missing/endangered people, public demonstrations/presentations and S.W.A.T assistance.

Other types of duties Chaos might perform include building searches. "Chaos will be able to 'clear a room' when on duty. He can go into a room and locate someone or let us know if someone is in the room by barking or grabbing ahold of the person before we go in," said Borchardt. "The K9s are greatly important to the department. We rely on a dog's nose to follow a scent trail or drug detection, or they can use their nose to locate drowning victims."

Deputy Borchardt, of Moose Lake, has had Chaos in his family's home and with him every day for a few weeks.

"He is a bit different than other dogs (especially speaking of Borchardt's family dog, a springer spaniel). He is always paying attention to things. If he hears something around the corner, his ears perk up. Our other dog is not nearly as attentive," said Borchardt. "And our dog doesn't like him, but he's fine with her." Borchardt added that the family is working on helping the dogs socialize.

Borchardt and his wife have kids under the age of 5 at home, and Chaos gets along great with the family. "My family is very supportive of him. I think my daughter was the most excited. He's very friendly. Some dogs have a hard time making the transition between work and home, but he seems to know when it's business time and when it's time to work. When you get a uniform on, his personality seems to change," said Borchardt.

Police dogs typically work about five to seven years. When they retire, the handling officer has the option of keeping the dog as a personal pet.

The total cost for the dogs is expensive, and the sheriff's office has spent time fundraising to purchase Chaos and other dogs. A typical police dog costs $6,000, and the training costs $6,000. Other costs are incurred such as a squad canine cage, squad door popper, canine ballistic vest, kennel, bite suit and a dog's personal supplies such as a leash, collar, etc. These costs are an estimated $7,300. The dogs are typically paid for by individual donations, businesses, civic organizations and fundraisers.

Deputy Borchardt, along with the Pine County Sheriff's Office, would like to thank those who donated to the canine fund. If interested in donating toward the K9 program, contact the Pine County Sheriff's Office at (320) 629-8380.

 

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