Baker WebCorporal Dustin Baker began his service as a patrol deputy with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office in 2016. Corporal Baker became a Field Training Officer in 2018, has served on the SWAT team, and is an instructor for the DCSO Teen Driver Program. Corporal Baker has taken advanced classes in Report Writing, Speed Measurement, Crisis Intervention, and Interview and Interrogations.

In 2019, Corporal Baker was promoted to the position of K-9 handler. Since being awarded the position, he assisted in the selection of his K-9 (Liberty), and has logged hundreds of hours in training.



K-9 Liberty - CopyK-9 Liberty is a purebred Belgian Malinois. Liberty was born in 2017 and imported to the United States  from the Netherlands.

Liberty attended several months of K-9 training with her handler, Deputy First Class Dustin Baker. She is certified through the National Police Canine Association.

Liberty loves to run, play fetch with her favorite Kong ball and sniff for narcotics. Her drive is extremely high and her sense of smell is impeccable; making her perfect for her position as a narcotics detection and tracking K-9 with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office.


BiermanCorporal Brandon Bierman has served for 9 years with careers in both Law Enforcement and Corrections. His training includes Middle Management, Active Shooter Emergency Response, Field Training Officer, Speed Measurement, Breath Test Operator, Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Interview and Interrogations, Autism Awareness, along with School Resource Officer Basic training, and School Resource Officer Advanced Training, Teen Driver Program, and Crisis Intervention.


In 2019, Corporal Bierman was promoted to the position of K-9 handler. 

Corporal Bierman served in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Lejeune North Carolina. There he served as a Combat Engineer specializing in construction, demolition, and explosives.




IMG_1857 - CopyK-9 Lucy is a purebred Belgian Malinois. Lucy was born July 27, 2018, from a Championship Bloodline for Agility and Obedience. Lucy was imported to the United States from the Holland in November of 2019

Lucy attended several months of K-9 training at Sarasota Sheriff’s Office with her handler, Senior Deputy Brandon Bierman.

Lucy loves to run, give hugs, play fetch with her favorite ball, track Humans and sniff for narcotics.

Lucy is a single purpose narcotics detection and person(s) tracking K-9 making her perfect for her position as a narcotics detection and tracking K-9 with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office.



NunezDeputy First Class Nunez had a passion for Law enforcement from a young age, and started her Law Enforcement carrier with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office "Explorer Post 29" back in 2009. After successfully completing the youth program. In the summer of 2015, she attended The Southwest Public Service Academy, located in Fort Myers, where she completed her Corrections academy; and shortly after, in 2016, her Law Enforcement academy.

Deputy First Class Nunez is currently Law Enforcement and Corrections Certified and has taken advanced classes in Active Shooter Emergency Response, Advance Report Writing, Speed Measurement, Crisis Intervention, Human Trafficking, and Interview and Interrogations. Deputy First Class Nunez is fluent in Spanish and English.

She is also an advisor for our Explorer Post and has been serving or community for the past four years.
In 2021, Deputy Nunez was promoted to the position of K-9 handler. Making history as our first female K-9 handler here in DeSoto County. Since being awarded the position, she assisted in the selection of her partner K-9 (Xena), and has logged hundreds of hours in training.
xena - Copy (3)K-9 Xena is a female purebred Belgian Malinois. Xena was born July 2, 2019, and imported to the United States from Colombia. Xena became a member of the DeSoto County Sheriff Office on March 26, 2021.K-9 Xena is currently attending training with her handler Deputy Niurvis Nunez at the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Upon her completion, K-9 Xena will be certified through the National Police Canine Association and patroling or beautiful DeSoto County.K-9 Xena loves to train, fetch, and take naps. She is intelligent, loves to work, and aims to please. Xena is loved by many and feared by others due to her sharp skill sets: including an impeccable nose for tracking humans, sniffing narcotics, and finding evidence. Xena is or newest member to the K-9 unit.