K9 Handler Teams
The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office has three valuable K9 handler teams within the patrol division:
Deputy Josh Stenseth and partner Roan. Roan is a Belgian Malinois. They have been working as a team for the Sheriff's Office since early 2018 and are certified in all patrol work, including narcotics.
Deputy Dustin Geisness and partner Beau. Beau is a mixed breed German shepherd dog and Belgian Malinois. They have been working as a team in the Sheriff's Office since early 2018. They are certified in all patrol work.
Deputy John Shilts, Jr. and partner Garza. Garza is a Dutch shepherd who joined the Sheriff's Office in the spring of 2017. They are certified in all patrol work, including narcotics.
K9 Unit Duties
Our K9 units are available on a 24 hour, on-call basis to conduct building searches for offenders in hiding; assist in the arrest or prevent the escape of serious or violent offenders, protect officers and others from death or serious injury; track suspects, or locate lost or missing persons, hidden instrumentalities or evidence of a crime; and detect the presence of concealed narcotics.
All of our K9's are certified yearly through the US Police Canine Association.
Sheriff's Office K9 Fund
The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office K9 Fund has been established to assist with the care and expenses of the K9 training and specialized equipment used for public safety throughout St. Croix County. We care deeply and recognize the unselfish dedication of our K9's. Click HERE to donate to the tax deductible St. Croix Sheriff's Office K9 Fund. Thank you!