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All minimum standards for Iowa law enforcement officers must be satisfied:
The person must
1. Be a U. S. Citizen and a resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon being employed*;
*As reference in Iowa Administrative Code 2.1(1) Is a citizen of the United States and a resident of Iowa or intends to become a resident upon being employed; provided that the state residency requirement under this subrule shall not apply to employees of a city or county that has adopted an ordinance to allow employees of the city or county to reside in another state and shall not apply to an employee of a city or county that later repeals such an ordinance if the employee resides in another state at the time of the repeal. Railway special agents who are approved by the commissioner of public safety as special agents of the department shall be exempt from the Iowa residency requirement.
2. Is 18 years of age at the time of appointment;
3. Hold a valid Iowa driver's license*;
*As reference in Iowa Administrative Code 2.1(3), Railway special agents who are approved by the commissioner of public safety as special agents of the department and officers who are allowed to reside in an adjacent state shall be required to possess a valid driver’s or chauffeur’s license of the state of residence of the officer.
4. Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by §400.17 of the Code of Iowa];
5. Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation including a fingerprint search conducted of local, state and national fingerprint files and have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude;
6. Successfully pass physical fitness tests; (see chart below)
7. Not be opposed to use of force to fulfill duties;
8. Be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate;
9. Have uncorrected vision of not less than 20/100 in both eyes, corrected to 20/20, and color vision consistent with the Occupational demands of law enforcement;
10. Have normal hearing in each ear (hearing aids are acceptable if a candidate can demonstrate sufficient hearing proficiency to perform all necessary duties of a law enforcement officer)
11. Be examined by a physician and meet the physical requirements necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer.
12. Undergo psychological testing.
13. Undergo cognitive (Basic Skills) testing
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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
The Bremer County Sheriff's Office will reopen to the public on June 3, 2020 at 8:00 AM. Please see below for details.
Visitation for inmates at the Bremer County Jail, which had been previously suspended on March 16, 2020 as a precautionary health measure, will be reinstated beginning Friday, June 5, 2020.
In addition to all previous visitation rules and regulations already in existence, the following additional temporary regulations will be in place beginning Friday:
- Only one (1) adult and one (1) child visitor at a time per inmate will be allowed.
- Visitors will not be required to wear protective masks but if you choose to wear one you must take off the mask to verify your identity.
- There will be only a limited number of chairs placed in the inside lobby or waiting area in order to maintain recommended distancing between people. When these chairs are occupied, other persons waiting to visit will be required to wait outside the building or in their vehicles.
The health, safety, and welfare of our employees, inmates, and the public is very important to us, which is why these additional regulations have been put in place. These temporary measures may be modified or adjusted without prior notice if circumstances warrant it. They will be rescinded when it is deemed appropriate to do so.
The Bremer County Attorney’s office and Sheriff Dan Pickett met and agreed to temporarily suspend acceptance of all Mittimus and Work Release Sentences to ensure the safety of the jail staff, inmate residents and visitors amid the coronavirus outbreak. If you are close to being due please contact the Bremer County Court to get a 60 day extension. If you are past time is expired you will need to contact Assistant County Attorney Jill Dashner to get an extension.
Fingerprint for the public is by appointment only. Please call 319-352-5400 option 2.
Weapons permits will be accepted in office or by mail. Applications can be printed under the "Weapons Permit" tab at www.bremercountysheriff.org Please include completed application, a copy of driver’s license showing current Bremer County address, training certificate (for non-professional permits), and payment. Checks payable to Bremer County Sheriff's Office. Mailing address is 111 4th St NE; Waverly, IA 50677
Firearms Permit Fees:
Permit to Acquire ...........................................................................................$25.00
Permit to Carry Professional (New).............................................................. $50.00
Permit to Carry Professional (Renewal) ...................................................... $25.00
Permit to Carry Non-Professional (New).................................................... $50.00
*Reminder:This permit allows you to purchase
Permit to Carry Non-Professional (Renewal) ............................................. $25.00
The State of Iowa has taken over the printing of all permit cards. Permits will be mailed to you within 7-10 business days. Any permit not recieved after 21 business days, please contact the Sheriff's Office.
Please call with any questions 319-352-5400 (opt 2-jail/fingerprints; opt 3-Dispatch; opt 4-Waverly Police Department opt 5-Bremer County Sheriff’s Office Administration)
Bremer County Sheriff’s Office
111 4th St NE
Waverly, IA 50677
319-352-5400 opt 5
Bremer County Sheriff and Deputies
Front: Kayla Tucker, Robert Whitney, Sheriff Dan Pickett, Kari Neuhaus
Middle: Sean Hartman, Travis Marvin, Kyle Shores, Glenn Beenblossom, Jason Ellison, Terry Dehmlow
Back: Ron Myers, Matt Tiedt, Bryan Bockhaus, Brian Davison, Aaron Booth, Shane Hoff
Sheriff’s Office Composition and History
The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office had its first elected sheriff in August of 1853 with Sheriff Austin Farris serving a total of one year and four months. Bremer County has since had a total of 24 individuals serve its people as Sheriff, with our current Sheriff being Dan Pickett.
In the early days the Sheriff provided the local law enforcement and operated the common jail. As the county grew, local law enforcement developed in those communities desiring more services than was available from the County Sheriff. While the Sheriff is ultimately responsible for all law enforcement activities in the entire county, he is able to accomplish this through local police agencies performing these services if available from local government.
With the growth of local law enforcement, there has been a change in the role of the Sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office has progressed towards doing those police functions that have countywide implications and are best handled county wide. These would include Sheriff’s patrol, Jail, Civil Process, Criminal Investigations, Weapons Permits, D.A R.E. and School Resource Officers, Accident Investigators, and Consumer Fraud, as well as all other generalized law enforcement duties.
The Sheriff takes an active role in facilitating the coordination of law enforcement activities in the county. In Bremer County the Sheriff accomplishes the above tasks by having Deputies carry out many of the sworn duties. A total of 11 Deputy Sheriffs and a Chief Deputy currently are employed by the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office is also contracted by the cities of Plainfield and Fredericka to provide police protection, a common practice in rural Iowa counties. Although all Deputies are responsible for a basic understanding of all elements of law enforcement, two Deputies primarily focus on investigations, including criminal investigations and drug investigations. Three Deputies focus on civil process serving and the remainder work patrol. A part-time reserve Deputy currently serves as the county school resource officer, serving 7 school districts throughout the county. The Sheriff’s Office also has two secretarial positions and 12 jailers. The Sheriff also is in charge of communications for Bremer County, which includes communications for all emergency services, which requires a staff of 6 full-time employees and 1 part-time.
Bremer County Sheriff Mission Statement
The mission of the Bremer County Sheriff's Office is the preservation of public peace and order. This shall be primarily performed through the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the protection of persons and property, and the enforcement of the laws of the State of Iowa and the ordinances of Bremer County. For these purposes, the Deputy Sheriff's are endowed with the authority. In the exercise of this authority, justice and equity shall be the primary motive. The mission shall be accomplished by adherence to the following objectives.
Maintenance of law enforcement presence and availability throughout Bremer County on a 24 hour basis.
Provision of timely and rapid response to criminal activities and all other requests for law enforcement services.
Thorough investigation of criminal offenses and apprehension of violations of state statue and county ordinances.
Initiation of investigations where it appears that violation of law may have occurred.
Enforcement of traffic laws to provide safe, smooth, and orderly flow of traffic.
Provision of services to every criminal court within the county for the provision of safety, order, and efficient operation of these courts.
Maintenance and operation of the county jail.
Provision of required service of all civil and criminal process.
Participation in crime prevention activities and other public information activities that involve the citizens of Bremer County in the interest of public safety.
Provision of community policing services to enhance community involvement with law enforcement to accomplish the goals of this mission.
The primary emphasis of the department shall be on public safety, specifically by maintaining law enforcement presence, rapid response to calls for service, thorough investigations and resolutions of criminal acts, timely apprehensions of violators of the law.
The goals will be accomplished by each member of the Bremer County Sheriff's Office who are expected to perform their duties in an efficient, honest, and professional manner. Members of the Bremer County Sheriff's Office are to act at all times in the interest of public safety and are to conduct themselves in a fair and impartial manner.
Bremer County Sheriff's Office
111 4th St. NE
Waverly, IA 50677
Dispatch: 319-352-5400, Option 3
Administration: 319-352-5400, Option 5