You may have noticed quite a few law enforcement vehicles in Manchester this week. Police K-9 supervisors, handlers and drug dogs from across Iowa were in town for their annual re-certification. Jim Bauerly from the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department in Sioux City was one of them.
The canine units who gathered in Manchester were part of Region 21 of the United States Police Canine Association. Bauerly is serving as president of the group for the coming year. He says the annual re-certification not only ensures that the police dogs are prepared to serve – it also gives the handlers the chance for some friendly competition.
Manchester’s Police K-9 team of Officer Brad Comer and K-9 Tya were among those who participated. Bauerly, who was serving as one of the judges, says they look for several skills during the competition.
Bauerly knows the importance of trained canines when it comes to police work. He’s worked with four dogs in the past thirty-plus years.
And several of the canine units made a surprise visit to West Delaware High School for a random drug search on Tuesday… officials say nothing was found.