Patrol Division

The Patrol Division is an essential component to the Dallas County Sheriff's Office.  Patrol Deputies respond to citizen concerns/complaints, emergencies and any report of criminal activity. It is the responsibility of the Patrol Division to respond to every type of call from a barking dog to a fatal incident.  Patrol Deputies respond to and assist the public in all types of situations.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services to all unincorporated areas of Dallas County as well as Communities that do not host their own police department.  We currently contract with Dexter and Redfield to provide patrol.  The Sheriff's Office acts as a backup force to all law enforcement that serves in Dallas County.





Dallas County, Iowa will be conducting entrance examinations for Deputy Sheriff on Saturday October 21st, 2017 at the Dallas Center-Grimes High School located at 2555 W 1st St, Grimes, IA 50111, Iowa, beginning promptly at 8:30 am.  Each candidate will be required to present a state drivers license or state I.D. card (state of current residence) before participating in the testing process. Minorities, females, and bi-lingual candidates (particularly English/Spanish) are encouraged to apply. 

To Apply: Complete an application online at

Please include a cover letter and resume.  For more information contact Dallas County Sheriff’s Office at For more information on requirements to become a certified Peace Officer in the state of Iowa please visit

Applications must be submitted no later than 4:30pm on Monday October 9th, 2017. Applicants who have taken the POST test in the past year and have a qualifying score may choose to use their previous score or have the option to retest.  If you choose to retest, the most recent score will be used in our hiring process.   

CERTIFIED PEACE OFFICERS are encouraged to apply and do NOT have to take the physical agility test or the POST test. Certified applicants do not have to be present on October 21st for the testing, you will be contacted at a later date for interviews.

All non-certified applicants will be required to participate in and pass the physical agility test and the POST test (or passing score within the past year).

Starting pay for non-certified applicants is $22.02/hour.  Certified applicants start at $23.33/hour and are eligible for longevity.