A Women’s Self-Defense Class will be held at the Healthy Dent County Fitness Center

This Self-Defense Course is designed to help females become more aware, prepared, and ready for any situation that may occur in everyday life. Course will consist of 4 Thursdays in May. Each lesson will be approximately 1.5 hours long. Course is taught by Troy A. Hardwick, Retired, 20 year Army Special Agent and Self Defense Instructor. Space is limited. Class fills up quickly. Call ASAP to reserve your spot. 

Instructor: Troy A. Hardwick
Dates: May 4, 11, 18 & 25th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 pm
Price: $45.00 regular price or $35.00
discount price for Fitness Center Members
You must call 739-1127 to reserve your spot!

Conceal and Carry Class to be held 

A Conceal and Carry Class will be held on May 7 at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory from 9am to 4pm

Call Leonard Pabin for additional question at 729-7207


July 21, 2016

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.