Response to Resistance/Firearms


The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has over 150 deputies between the Operations and Detention Services Divisions. Staff in these positions receive a great deal of training in various aspects of using necessary force and responding to resistance. Licensed deputies receive additional training in the use of firearms.

The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training establishes the minimum training required for licensure as a peace officer. The Sheriff's Office provides training beyond what is required and we do this with a number of certified instructors within our Office. Instructors receive various certifications which may include Use of Force, Firearms and Active Assailant Response, to name a few.

Annual training reviews the unique aspects, best practices, relevant case law and applicable policies as they relate to using necessary force. Crisis intervention techniques are also a key component to help us better recognize individuals in crisis situations and change our response in an effort to de-escalate the situation without the need to use force. Scenario-based exercises, which provide more realistic training opportunities, help prepare staff for a variety of situations they may encounter.





Last Reviewed: 5/8/2017
Last Updated: 5/8/2017

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Dakota County Sheriff's Office

1580 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033

Emergency/Non-Emergency: 911