Basic Law Enforcement Academy to be held in Salem

The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association in cooperation with the Dent County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Salem Police Department will be hosting a basic law enforcement training academy starting August 18, 2016 at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory.

The Academy will be a 700 hour course that will qualify graduates with a Class A peace officer license in Missouri. The class will meet Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-10 pm as well as Saturdays from 8 am-5 pm and some Sundays.  This is an eleven month program with a maximum of 30 students and a graduation being held in July 2017.

Sergeant Lenny Pabin, Dent County Sheriff’s Office will serve as the coordinator for this academy. “Providing this type of superior training opportunities in our local community will be a great benefit to those wishing to become a law enforcement officer,” stated Sheriff Rick Stallings.

Chief Keith Steelman explained that he is excited about the training being held locally since current police officers can attend specific sessions to reach their POST Law Enforcement Training recertification without having to travel to become recertified.

The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy meets and exceeds the State of Missouri’s minimum basic training requirement for peace officer certification. Graduates will be certified in several areas from report writing to arrest procedures, intake booking to inmate supervision. Driving instruction courses will be held at the Salem airport and firearms training will be held at the newly completed firing range.

The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy (MSATA) plays a vital role in the training and education of law enforcement and emergency services professionals statewide.

Those wishing to attend may register by going to the Missouri Sheriff’s Association website at and clicking on the training academy tab.  Financial aid is available for those who qualify and more information is on the MSSA website.

The Salem Community Center @ the Armory is located at 1200 W. Rolla Road in Salem. For questions please call Sgt. Len Pabin at the Dent County Sheriff’s Office at 729-3241

Dent County Back 2 School Fair

Come out on Saturday, August 6th for the Dent County Back 2 School Fair.  The fair will be located at the Salem United Methodist Church from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  Healthy Dent County along with other organizations will be donating school supplies for the upcoming school year.  Some of these items being donated include lunchboxes from Healthy Dent County, backpacks from Salvation Army, and much more.  To find out how to register, please contact Sarah Givens at 729-3500.

 Dent County Rural Addressing at Salem Community Center @ the Armory

Residents that need to establish a new address can do so at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory.  The Dent County Commission has contracted with the Salem Community Center to administer the county’s entire Rural Addressing system.

The purpose of a rural addressing system is to assign permanent physical addresses to residences and businesses to facilitate location.  These addresses are used by the US Postal Service, other delivery agencies, utilities, private citizens and by emergency responders.

Fingerprinting at Salem Community Center @ the Armory

The Salem Community Center is pleased to announce that they have partnered with 3M Cogent to become the only state fingerprinting site in Dent County. It is vitally important for fingerprint-based applicant criminal history checks to be processed quickly, accurately and with as little hassle as possible. Employers, licensing agencies, applicants and public safety depend on it.

Fingerprinting is needed in pre-employment screening for agencies such as the Missouri Department of Education, Missouri Real Estate Commission, Missouri Board of Pharmacy, Missouri Board of Nursing, Missouri POST Certification, Missouri Department of Social Services, Foster Care, Adoption, etc.

No messy ink. No visit to the law enforcement booking room. Just a quick, easy and secure procedure where digital prints are taken by a certified fingerprint technician using state-of-the-art LiveScan equipment. Submissions are made electronically so that results are received within hours, instead of weeks or even months. The sooner the background check process is completed, the sooner you can become licensed or employed.

Salem Community Center @ the Armory Executive Director, Sherry Lea, explained that the Community Center staff has become trained and certified as fingerprinting technicians and are excited to become a state certified site. “Before we became a local site the citizens of Dent County had to travel to Rolla or further for this service. We are pleased to offer this service to our community.”

Hours for fingerprinting are Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. For additional information, please call 729-8163.