K9 Division


VV6G4608The 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 seven dogs.

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 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.



Woodbury County would like to recognize the former and present members of the K9 Unit:

Former Sheriff Glenn Parrett and Gus (1975-1980), Cris (1980-1982)

Deputy Greg Shinkunas and Max (1975-1983)

Deputy Jim Fox and Buck (1976-1984), 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), Chip (1982-1987), Cody (1987-1994)

Lt. Brad Carlson and Tobey (1979-1983)

Lt. Charlie Hertz and Trooper (1978-1979), Bullet (1982-1989), Rude E. Dog (1990-2000)

Deputy Bob Kingsley and Mike (1982-1986)

Deputy Dave Fox and Daisy (1983-1984), Buck (1984-1986)

Sgt. Jim Bauerly and Ace (1984-1990), Andy (1990-2000), Sipo (2000-2007), Bosco (2007-present)

Sgt. Doug Boetger and Rex (1990-1998)

Deputy Darin Fay and Dillon (1998-2006), Niko (2006-2012), Dozer (2013-present)

Lt. Tony Wingert and Spenser (1999-2005), Chewy (2008-(2013)

Deputy Tom Ladwig and Casey (2001-2010)

Transport Officer Mark Larkin and Nitro (2002-2010), Dina (2010-2013)

Major Greg Stallman and Maximus (2002-2008), 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)

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