The Dallas County Sheriff’s office received a $5,000 grant from the Dallas County Foundation in April, and the money allowed the sheriff’s department to buy nine ballistic vests for deputies serving in the department’s reserve program.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Reserve Program is made up of professional volunteers from around the county who have successfully earned a reserve peace officer’s certification from the state of Iowa.
Each reserve deputy sheriff is required to provide a minimum of eight hours’ service to the county each month. The service ranges from additional patrol cars at busy times of the day to school patrol for the communities without law enforcement services to helping out with weekend community events.
The grant allowed nine of the 11 reserve deputies to upgrade their body armor to a more lightweight vest, promoting better security and greater range and ease of movement for the reserve deputies.
Dallas County Sheriff Chad W. Leonard extended his “special thanks to the Dallas County Foundation for believing and supporting the program with the grant funds and also to the active Dallas County Reserves currently serving. Your honorable dedication to the county and to the reserve program is appreciated,” Leonard said.