Patrol Sergeants


Sergeant Andrew Dobbins

has been with the Urbandale Police Department since May 2002.

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Sergeant Joe Fisher

has been with the Urbandale Police Department since August 2010.

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Sergeant Matt Gausman

has been employed with the Urbandale Police Department since 1991. He was promoted 2011 and worked in the Patrol Division until August 2014, when he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. In May 2018 Sergeant Gausman was transferred to the Patrol Division.

Sergeant Gausman has served the department as a Patrolman, Criminal Investigator, Traffic Accident Investigator, and Field Training Officer. He has several years of experience as a S.W.A.T team member/leader, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and several other instructor positions within the department. He served as the department’s K9 Officer before being promoted.

Sergeant Gausman formally supervised the department’s Field Training Officer Program (FTO), Reserve Officer Program, the K-9 Unit, and he currently commands the department’s Honor Guard Unit.

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Sergeant Gary Lang

began his career with the Urbandale Police Department in January 1997. Following Iowa Law Enforcement Academy graduation Sgt. Lang worked in the Patrol Division.

Sgt. Lang moved to the Criminal Investigation Division in 2000 and has worked as a Narcotics Detective, Property Crimes Detective and an undercover assignment with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

Sgt. Lang has also been a member of the S.W.A.T. (SERT) Team and is an instructor in ASP Baton and Defensive Tactics. In March of 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and has supervised in the Patrol Division and currently is the Support Services Division Sergeant.

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Sergeant Rebecca Taylor

has been employed with the Urbandale Police Department since July 2002. She started her law enforcement career in 1999 at the University of Northern Iowa as a Police Officer.

Sgt. Taylor has been on Patrol most of her career, excluding brief stints in Support Services and Records.

In August 2014, Sgt. Taylor was promoted to her current rank and is assigned to the Patrol Division. She is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa with a BA in General Studies.

Sgt. Taylor is an instructor in R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) and r.a.d.KIDS. R.A.D . is a self- defense class for women and r.a.d.KIDS is a self-defense class for kids ages 5-12. She is a member of the Bike Patrol and serves as one of four Ident Technicians for the department. She has been a Field Training Officer and a Mentor for the department.

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Sergeant Shane 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, he has served on the SWAT/Suburban Emergency Response Team, Bike Patrol, and as a Field Training Officer. He currently serve as a Precision Driving Instructor.

In 2011, Sgt. Taylor became a K9 handler with his K9 partner, Sabre. Sgt. Taylor served as the Vice President of the Dog Assoc. from 2013-to 2014. Sgt. 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, Sgt. Taylor was promoted to his current rank of Sergeant and is assigned to the Patrol Division.