Minot K9 Out on the Town

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MINOT, N.D- One of Minot's four-legged officers took a break from fighting crime to meet and greet with the staff at Trinity Health.

Mace is a 2 1/2-year-old German Shepherd from Hungary, who joined Minot's K9 unit thanks to a generous donation from Trinity.

Mace gave hospital staff members a much-needed break, and they returned the favor with pats and hugs. Mace's handler, Officer Matt Pappenfus says he brings many benefits to the unit.

“He's a duel-purpose police dog so that means that he does narcotic work, so he locates drugs, and then he can also locate people. That's called patrol work. He does apprehension and then handler protection. Fancy for bite work,” said Pappenfus.

Trinity Health says they are happy to help build the community by reinforcing Minot's police force.

Vice President of Trinity Health Randy Schwan sees the donation as helping to build the community.

“A good community needs to have a strong police department as they do a strong health care system. A couple of the strongest things in the city I think to bring people to Minot, to bring people to the region,” said Schwan.

Trinity donated $7,000 to the department. Officer Pappenfus and Mace have been working together since last September.