High School Mentorship Program

Our Office recognizes that youth are one of our most valuable resources. We also know there are teens who would like to learn more about career options in the fields of Law Enforcement and Corrections.

We partner with local high school and college career counselors to provide an enriched mentor program for students that are interested in exploring Law Enforcement, Corrections, Criminal Justice and other closely related fields.

The mentor program is a mutually beneficial program for the Sheriff’s office and students. The program provides both the mentor and mentees with guidance, insight and knowledge into the different lenses we all use on a daily basis.

This partnership allows for students to meet our staff, learn about career opportunities, set career goals and gain information on how to go about pursuing their career interest. Most importantly, we are building relationships! If you are interested in the program, complete the application link at the bottom of this section. Completed applications must be submitted to:


Dakota County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Sergeant Dawanna Witt
1580 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033

General Duty Deputy Mentorship Correctional Deputy Mentorship


  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Must be actively enrolled in high school or college

  • Candidates must complete a Background Investigation

  • If you have any questions please call 651-438-4735.

    Mentorship Application

    Last Reviewed: 5/10/2017
    Last Updated: 5/10/2017

    Quick Links

    Dakota County Sheriff's Office

    1580 Highway 55
    Hastings, MN 55033

    Emergency/Non-Emergency: 911