The Kalispell Police Department Canine Unit was established in January 2017 and consists of Officer Jason Parce and K-9 Cairo. This unit is part of the patrol division and its primary function is to perform drug interdiction activities and provide support to the KPD patrol division and other law enforcement agencies in Flathead County. The team is trained and certified in narcotics detection, specifically methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy, and marijuana. The team is also trained in article/evidence searches.
Cairo is a 4 year old Belgian Malinois/Dutch Shepherd mixed breed with European lineage. Cairo was purchased by the City of Kalispell from local breeder/trainer Dale Brandebury of Command Canine Services.
Officer Parce has been with the KPD since 2008 and has served as Patrolman, School Resource Officer and Alcohol Enforcement Team Coordinator. In 2013, Officer Parce was named the MT Police Officer of the Year by the MT Association of Chiefs of Police, and he holds Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced certificates from the Montana POST Council.
Officer Parce and Cairo hold certifications from the USFS Law Enforcement Canine Program and the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association (PNWK9).
Cairo lives with Officer Parce full time, and therefore training is constantly ongoing. They enjoy volunteering their time with Special Olympics Montana and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, as well as speaking with school children and many community organizations. When off-duty, Cairo and Parce enjoy spending time in the outdoors with Parce’s Labrador Retrievers.