- Police Department
- Patrol Division
- Patrol Sergeants
Sergeant Jeff Casey
Sergeant Casey has been employed with the Urbandale Police Department since 1995 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. Sergeant Casey is a graduate of Johnston High School and the University of Iowa, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1988.
Sergeant Casey began his career as a patrol officer. During this time he earned his certification as a bicycle patrol officer and motorcycle patrol officer. Sergeant Casey was selected to be the D.A.R.E. Officer in 2001 and worked with area school districts as a D.A.R.E./School Resource Officer until 2014.
Sergeant Casey was assigned to Support Services Division in 2009 where he continued with school duties, along with becoming the Urbandale Controlled Bow Hunt administrator and grant writer/administrator for the department. During his assignment in Support Services Division, Sergeant Casey also became certified as a firearms instructor, firearms armorer and served as one of the Public Information Officers.
In 2014, Sergeant Casey was asked by the Chief of Police to find an alternative program to replace D.A.R.E. within the City of Urbandale. Sergeant Casey developed the Culture of Integrity program, which was recognized as an innovative program by the United States Department of Justice. The two officers instructing the program received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing for their outstanding efforts in promoting the Culture of Integrity Program.
In August 2014, Sergeant Casey was promoted to his current rank and is assigned as a day Patrol Supervisor.
Sergeant Andrew Dobbins
Sergeant Dobbins joined the Urbandale Police Department as a Reserve Officer in 1998 and became a full-time Patrol Officer in 2002.
Sergeant Dobbins has served in many areas of the Urbandale Police Department. He has been a member of the Suburban Emergency Response Team – SERT , the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force – MINE , and assigned as a Task Force Officer at DEA during his career with Urbandale. Sergeant Dobbins has also served in the Support Services Division. In 2016 he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing for his work with the Culture of Integrity program.
Sergeant Dobbins was promoted to his current rank as Sergeant and is assigned as an day Patrol Supervisor.
Sergeant Joe Fisher
Sergeant Fisher joined the Urbandale Police Department in 2010 as a Patrol Officer following his completion of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Sergeant Fisher transitioned into a new role as a detective working both property crimes and crimes against persons. Prior to working at the Urbandale Police Department Sergeant Fisher began his law enforcement career as a Civilian Detention Officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 2008.
Sergeant Fisher is a member of the Honor Guard Unit, Bike Patrol Unit, and former operator on the Suburban Emergency Response Team – SERT. Sergeant Fisher is also a former Field Training Officer and past president of the Urbandale Police and Protective Benevolent Association.
Sergeant Fisher currently supervises the Urbandale Crash Unit and Field Training Program in addition to his regular duties as an overnight Patrol Supervisor.
Sergeant Fisher holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Upper Iowa University in Public Administration.
Sergeant Nick Hazel
Sergeant Hazel joined the Urbandale Police Department in 2008 as a Patrol Officer and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2020. Sergeant Hazel began his law enforcement career in 2001 with the Story County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a Detention Officer and member of the underwater search and rescue team until 2003. Sergeant Hazel attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2003 and served with the Postville Police Department as a Police Officer and member of a regional tactical team in Northeast Iowa until 2008.
Sergeant Hazel served with the Iowa Army National Guard as a Cavalry Scout in the 1st/113th Cavalry Regiment from 1997 to 2003. Sergeant Hazel deployed to Kuwait in 2001 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2002.
During his time with the Urbandale Police Department Sergeant Hazel has worked in the patrol division as a Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer. In 2019 Sergeant Hazel moved to the criminal investigations division and worked as a Detective until being promoted in 2020. Sergeant Hazel is a member of the Suburban Emergency Response Team (SERT) serving since 2010 and is currently an Entry Team Leader. Sergeant Hazel is a member of the Honor Guard Unit & Bike Patrol Unit (Instructor). Additionally Sergeant Hazel is a firearms instructor and less lethal impact weapons instructor. In 2010 Sergeant Hazel was awarded the lifesaving medal for his contributions to a medical emergency which resulted in a life being saved.
Sergeant Hazel is currently enrolled at Purdue Global University working towards his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Sergeant Don Simpson
Sergeant Simpson has been with the department since 1991, after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Grand View University. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and has worked as an officer and supervisor in each division within the department. He has also served as Sergeant with the Mid Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (M.I.N.E.).
Sergeant Simpson is a 2005 recipient of the department’s Medal of Valor and served as a shield operator on the departments tactical team.
Sergeant Shane Taylor
Sergeant Taylor graduated in 2000 with a degree in Criminal Justice from DMACC. He started his law enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer for West Des Moines Police Department in 2000. In 2002, he was hired by the Urbandale Police Department.
During his career, Sergeant Taylor has served on the SWAT/Suburban Emergency Response Team and Bike Patrol. Sergeant Taylor is also a former Precision Driving Instructor and Field Training Officer. He currently supervises the Reserve Officer Program.
In 2011, Sergeant Taylor became a K9 handler with his K9 partner, Sabre. Sergeant Taylor served as the Vice President of the Dog Assoc. from 2013-to 2014. Sergeant Taylor and K9 Sabre received the 2012 Narcotic Case of the Year from the Heart of America Police Dog Association. Together, they have seized over 5 million dollars worth of narcotics and US currency since 2011.
In August 2014, Sergeant Taylor was promoted to his current rank of Sergeant and is assigned to the Patrol Division.