Canine Unit

Photo of canine being led around a red vehicle by uniformed handler

The Iowa State Patrol Police Service Dog Unit (PSD Unit) was established in 1992 after a generous donation from Mr. Jim Hawk (Jim Hawk Trailer Company). Five dogs were originally purchased and the handlers and canines went through a four-week training academy to become certified.  Since the start of the Police Service Dog Unit, the Iowa State Patrol has had 29 canines in service since 1992. Many of the dogs that started in the program have been retired or passed.  Currently, there are five active certified drug narcotic detector canines in service. The breed of canines currently being used are Belgian Malinois and German Shepard.  The five canines, with their handlers, have conducted and passed a seven to eight-week basic Narcotic Detector Camp.  The active Handler/canine combinations are certified under the Utah State Post PSP2 Certification obtained through Nebraska State Patrol.  The handler/canine combinations must complete a yearly certification to stay certified as a team.  

Currently, all three handler/canine teams are assigned to the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP).   The assigned handlers are responsible for the canines' continued training and maintenance.  The canines are housed at each handler’s house and are the full responsibility of the handler.  The Iowa State Patrol Canine Unit has been responsible for numerous illegal drug seizures and will continue to serve the citizens of Iowa each and every day.  When the canines are retired, the Trooper/Handler can elect to have the animal become part of their family full-time.

Current Canines:

  • Police Service Dog Enzo
  • Police Service Dog Laika
  • Police Service Dog Lucy
  • Police Service Dog Milo