Office of Professional Standards
The Office of Professional Standards (OPS) conducts a variety of functions including maintaining responsibility for State Certification, conducting Internal Affairs Investigations, administering agency training, managing the Quartermaster detail, and performing Community Relations Training.
The OPS Component conducts these functions to support the mission and core beliefs of the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and is dedicated to protecting the integrity of the office through ensuring adherence to ethical standards, performance criteria, and commitment to public service. OPS performs its function by conducting a variety of investigations, including internal affairs matters, citizen complaint issues, and pre-employment background investigations.
In order to ensure the adherence to these ethical standards, the OPS Component promotes a partnership with the community through its various community relation programs. These programs include but are not limited to; Citizen Firearm’s Instruction, Neighborhood Watch, Community Health Care and Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.
This helps create an environment in which the primary organizational goal is working cooperatively with individual citizens, groups of citizens, and both public and private organizations to identify and resolve issues which potentially affect the livability of our neighborhoods, areas, or the county as a whole. The sheriff’s office recognizes the fact that law enforcement cannot effectively deal with such issues alone, and must partner with others who share a mutual responsibility for resolving problems. Through these programs, officers are encouraged to develop and maintain relationships with citizens, businesses, schools, and community organizations.