They normally patrol the streets of Minnesota's Med City but they've been putting in extra duty up in Minneapolis during this year's college basketball Final Four championship.

I'm talking, of course, about the Rochester Police Department's K-9 Unit, some of who have been helping keep fans, spectators, coaches and teams safe during this year's NCAA Final Four college basketball championship in Minneapolis.

Rochester Police Department (Facebook)
Rochester Police Department (Facebook)

While the games are being played at U.S. Bank Stadium, there are also several events going on in and around downtown Minneapolis. And a few of Rochester's K-9 teams headed up to the Twin Cities to help provide extra security, just like several did during last year's Super Bowl.

According to a post on the Rochester Police Department Facebook page, "Our explosive detection K-9 teams have been up in Minneapolis conducting numerous sweeps to ensure a safe event for everyone attending," the post said.

So, thanks, officers, for your service not only here in Rochester, but all across Minnesota! You can check out all the pictures of the Rochester team in action at this year's Final Four HERE.

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