Reserve deputies perform services for the office without compensation.
The unit assists deputies in the delivery of non-precarious services. Some responsibilities include directing traffic at an accident or fire scene, assisting in the search for lost persons or evidence, providing staffing or security at special assignments and events.
These assignments can include stake outs, sporting events, the Dakota County Fair, school functions and other public events. They also assist in transporting prisoners to the Dakota County Jail, conducting traffic surveys, animal control services, and enforcing various county and township ordinances.
Reserves may also be requested to assist members assigned to Crime Prevention, School Liaison and Neighborhood Watch Programs.
If you are interested in joining the Reserve Unit, visit the Dakota County Volunteer website.
For additional information please contact Sergeant Jacobson at 651-438-4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office partners with Learning for Life, a non-profit organization that introduces teens and young adults to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice careers. It is an educational training program that provides career orientation and life experiences.
The program brings the Explorers into direct contact with law enforcement on a one-to-one basis through meetings, community engagement functions, competitions and the ride-along program.
Explorers are trained by Dakota County deputies/advisors in law enforcement techniques, community policing, community engagement, first aid and more. Explorers then apply the skill sets at local, state and national competitions.
Law Enforcement Exploring is a well-established and highly respected program that has launched countless young adults into successful careers in law enforcement.
Through the program, Explorers will:
- Gain an understanding of the law enforcement profession
- Strengthen ties between law enforcement and community
- Improve communication, leadership, decision making and problem solving skills
- Learn responsibility to self and others through leadership opportunities
- Volunteer in the community
- Learn and apply the benefits of teamwork
- Build life-long relationships
Requirements of the program:
- Complete the eighth grade
- Be 14-20 years of age
- Submit an application
- Pass a background check
- Maintain an average grade of C or better
- Pass a six-month probationary period
If you are interested in joining the Explorers Program, we are now accepting applications. Complete an Explorer Application.
For additional information, please contact Captain Dawanna Witt at email@example.com or 651-438-4752.
General Law Enforcement Internship
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office provides professional, progressive and proactive service while maintaining the public trust.
We build relationships and educate residents about our organization and profession. We know the work we do and our employees are ever-changing. We nurture the next generation of licensed and correctional deputies by offering internships.
Dakota County Sheriff’s Office enhances the training and education of students pursuing careers in law enforcement, corrections and criminal justice, so students gain practical experience. Interns have the opportunity to shadow deputies within various divisions in effort to provide them with a holistic view of the many opportunities available at the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff's Office Internship Summary
Sheriff's Office Internship Application