K9 Services

The Estherville Police Canine program began in February 1999 with a 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever named Cyber. Cyber was a specialized canine trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and article search. Cyber worked for the Estherville Police Department until March 2008 when he retired to the home of handler Officer Matt Reineke and his family. During Cyber’s career he located more than 70 pounds of illegal drugs and forfeited one vehicle and cash related to illegal drug activity.

The Estherville Police Department then acquired an 18-month-old German Shepard named Max in March 2008. Max was funded through donations made by both the citizens and businesses of Emmet County. Max was a Dual Purpose canine trained in suspect apprehension, building searches, handler protection, tracking, narcotics detection, and area searches. Max’s career was cut short when he became ill with an Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia disease and passed away in October 2011. During his short career, Max confiscated approximately $59,000 worth of illegal drugs, two vehicles, and $3,500 in cash involved in illegal drug activity were forfeited.

The Estherville Police Department then purchased a 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever named Max in December 2011. Funds were raised for Max through a radio-a-thon hosted by the local radio station 95.9 KILR. Once again, the Emmet County residents and businesses came through to raise enough money to purchase Max and some needed equipment for the canine program. Max is a specialized canine certified in narcotics detection, tracking, and area searches. Max is currently working for the Estherville Police Department and is handled by Officer Matt Reineke. Thus far in his career, Max has located over $54,000 in illegal drugs, including three successful tracks on individuals that fled a crime scene, and has located two handguns using his article search skills.