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In 1974 Byron began working for the City of Gillette as a dog catcher. Soon he was promoted to Police Officer. Working this way through rank he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1983.
Byron's faithful companion K-9 Alt was officially retired from his police duties, but he faithfully came to work with Sheriff Oedekoven every day. Staff soon discovered Alt's favorite games was keep away as he was known to grab papers or whatever you were holding and then take off wanting you to chase him.
Byron was named Peace Officer of the Year in 2002.