Community Programs

Adult Programs 2017-05-25T14:16:54+00:00

NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim®

NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid becoming a victim. Safety experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to Refuse To Be A Victim®. You stand a much better chance of preventing criminal attack if you develop a safety plan before you need it. That is why the Refuse To Be A Victim® crime ...Read More

Citizen’s Police Academy

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a free, informational course that educates members of the community about the roles and responsibilities of the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.  Participants receive weekly training about the varied functions of law enforcement.  Topics of interest for this program include, but are not limited to, crime scene processing, criminal law basics, patrol tactics, firearms, police canine usage, search and seizure, and many other topics.  Participants are introduced to officers as well as the command staff that ...Read More

Elderly Watch

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office offers an elderly watch program. Officers work with the Senior Center to identify senior citizens who do not have family members who can check on their welfare during severe weather. In 2011, Dawson County received snow and ice on multiple occasions. During this time, the Senior Center ran out of food and was unable to receive supplies from their supplier. The Sheriff’s Office prepared food at the Detention Center, and officers utilized four-wheel drive vehicles ...Read More

Citizen’s Firearms Training

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office proudly supports your Right to Keep and Bear Arms. As an advocate of safe and responsible gun ownership, the Sheriff’s Office offers training designed to impart safe and effective weapon handling and use. For further information, please email Administrative Assistant Anne Martin at

Firewood Program

During the winter of 2000, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office developed a program to assist senior citizens in our community. During this time, Dawson County contacted a company to pave several roads located within the county. The company needed a place to dispose of the removed trees. Members of the Sheriff’s Office suggested that the company could relocate the downed trees to the jail. The wood would be donated to individuals who could not afford to purchase wood and/or those ...Read More

Neighborhood Watch

As a continuing effort to strengthen our community, an emphasis is being placed on neighborhood watch programs. Although these programs have been sporadic throughout the years, it is the intent of the Sheriff’s Office to elevate the coordination and management of this most valuable program. Sheriff Jeff Johnson acknowledges, “No one knows their neighborhood better than those who live in it. We ask our residents to be our eyes and our ears. Call us and allow us to respond in ...Read More