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 Dex. Dex is an 8 1/2 year old Belgian Malinois. They have been working as a team for the Sheriff's Office since 2011. Dex has specialized training and experience with our Emergency Response Unit (SWAT).
Deputy Dustin Geisness and partner Roky (pronounced as Rocky). Roky is a 3 year old German Shepherd. They joined the K9 unit in the fall of 2016.
Deputy John Shilts, Jr. and partner Garza are the newest team to the canine unit. Garza is a 1 1/2 year old Dutch Shepherd who joined the Sheriff's Office in the spring of 2017.
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!