Those who have ever wanted to be a reserve deputy for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department may soon be able to have that wish become a reality. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Reserve Academy will hold a public information meeting on April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Dallas County Human Services Campus north of Adel.


Joe Marchant, Reserve Training Liaison for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, said that they are looking to add some more reserve officers and that the public information meeting will discuss the process of becoming a reserve deputy for the Sheriff’s Department.


Marchant said that to be considered, applicants will need to become certified reserve deputies by the Law Enforcement Academy by completing 80 hours of classroom training.


They will also have to go through different modules where they study different subjects, such as criminal law, testifying in court, CPR, community policing and more. They will have to take tests after each module.


They will also go through training for OWI detection and impairment, OC chemical spray, defensive baton, firearms and taser. Overall, the training takes 6-8 months to complete, said Marchant.


Reserve Deputy Sheriff applications can be found online at https://www.co.dallas.ia.us/home/showdocument?id=4723. These applications can be turned in on the night of the public meeting or at the Sheriff’s Department anytime.


Those seeking more information on the public information meeting should contact Marchant at joe.marchant@dallascountyiowa.gov, Sheriff Chad Leonard at chad.leonard@dallascountyiowa.gov, or by call the Sheriff’s Department at (515)993-4771.