The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office Canine Division was established in 1975 with the help of Sioux City Police Sergeant Boyde Spalding. The first two canines, both German Shepards, were Gus and Max. In the past 38 years, 35 loyal canines have faithfully served Woodbury County.
Early members formed a canine association called the Hawkeye Canine Association. Members included officers with the Sioux City Police Department and the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office and other officers and their canine partners from departments in northwest Iowa. In 1983, the Hawkeye Canine Association was dissolved and members formed Region 21 of the United States Police Canine Association. The USPCA is a national organization which current handlers still belong. It is through the USPCA that handlers and their canine partners obtain regional and national certifications, as well as train and compete with other canine teams from around the country. Past and present Woodbury County canines have been recognized many times.
Woodbury County canines are trained to search for both evidence and people. They are also trained to detect narcotics and explosives. They can also be used for crowd control and make criminal apprehensions.
Woodbury County has used four different breeds of dogs over the years. Among these are German Shepards, Blood Hounds, Labrador Retrievers and Belgium Malinois. The sheriff's canine division is currently comprised of three dogs, with three more undergoing training and certification.
Sgt. Jim Bauerly, the division supervisor pictured above, was raised on a rural Woodbury County farm. He graduated from Lawton-Bronson High School in 1977 and from Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville in 1979. Sgt. Bauerly worked as a police officer on the Eshterville Police Department and a as a part time Deputy Sheriff for Emmet County for five years before joining the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office.
Sgt. Bauerly has held numerous positions with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Bauerly is a former crime scene technician. He is currently an OWI and radar instructor and the field training supervisor and coordinator. He is also a drug recognition expert and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003.
Sgt. Bauerly and his wife Diane, have lived in the Leeds area of Sioux City since 1984. They have three grown children, and the youngest, Nick, a member of the Reserve Unit, is proudly following in his dad's foot steps with a career in law enforcement.
PROUD K9 HISTORY
Woodbury County would like to recognize the former and present members of the K9 Unit:
Former Sheriff Glenn Parrett and Gus 1975-1980 and Cris 1980-1982
Deputy Greg Shinkunas and Max 1975-1983
Deputy Jim Fox and Buck 1976-1984 and Daisy 1980-1983
Former Sheriff Dave Amick and Marshall 1976-1983
Deputy Kenny Graham and Deacon 1976-1980
Deputy Jerry Thomas and Chub 1976-1980
Sgt. Mike Tadlock and Sarg 1977-1982 and Chip 1982-1987 and Cody 1987-1994
Lt. Brad Carlson and Tobey 1979-1983
Deputy Bob Kingsley and Mike 1982-1986
Deputy Dave Fox and Daisy 1983-1984 and Buck 1984-1986
Sgt. Jim Bauerly and Ace 1984-1990 and Andy (pictured right) 1990-2000 and Sipo 2000-2007 and Bosco 2007-present
Sgt. Doug Boetger and Rex and 1990-1998
Deputy Darin Fay and Dillon 1998-2006, Niko 2006-2012, Dozer 2013-present
Lt. Tony Wingert and Spenser 1999-2005 and Chewy 2008-2013
Deputy Tom Ladwig and Casey 2001-2010
Transport Officer Mark Larkin and Nitro 2002-2010 and Dina 2010-2013
Major Greg Stallman and Maximus 2002-2008 and Tessa 2008-2011
Deputy Todd Trobaugh and Rudy 2003-2013
Deputy Troy Tadlock and Diexel 2013-present
Deputy Willie Garrett and Dakota 2013-present
Deputy Derek Brand and Ruckus 2013-present
Deputy Nathan Sands and Rico 2013-present