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Three Emmet County deputies graduate from academy

By Staff | Nov 9, 2016

When asking a group of kindergarteners what they want to be when they grow up, at least a few of them will respond, “a cop.”

While Emmet County’s three newest deputies may have not have had aspirations of a career in law enforcement at so young an age, it did develop in them early.

Dillon Faas of Sanborn, Brandon Lamack of Estherville and Nicholas Merwald of Emmetsburg recently graduated from the regional law enforcement training academy of Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City. All three have been working for the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department after being hired earlier this year.

Lamack’s name will be most familiar to area residents as he graduated from Estherville Lincoln Central. Also his father Larry served as Emmet County Sheriff for several years.

Lamack said his dad is the reason he selected his career path.

“Seeing him come home in his uniform, I was always interested in law enforcement,” he said.

Merwald said he saw bad things happening to good people and so decided to “dive into public services.

“At 16, I was doing drive-alongs and fell in love with that,” he said.

Faas said that his dad owned a towing service.

“Through that, I got to know the officers,” he said. “I wanted to help people and this is my path.”

WITCC’s regional law enforcement training academy graduation ceremony was held at WITCC Nov. 4 and was attended by advisory council members and local dignitaries as well as family and friends of the graduating officers.

Each of the three deputies were asked what they liked about the academy.

Lamack said he enjoyed learning about Iowa Code.

“I learned a lot,” he said. I also enjoyed the emergency vehicle certified training.”

Faas said he also enjoyed both learning about Iowa law as while as defensive driving tactics.

“I was a reserve for a while and thought I knew a lot,” said Merwald added. “This job, you’re constantly learning new things.”

The three students from Emmet County are members of the 25th group of police officers to graduate from WITCC’s regional law enforcement training academy. The group enrolled for classes on Sep. 12 in an eight-week training program.

In order to graduate, the students had to demonstrate competency in 42 different subjects.

Before the creation of the academy at WITCC, individuals living in the western part of the state who wished to become police officers had to be hired by an Iowa law enforcement agency and then attend a 15-week structured Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training program at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, near Des Moines. The establishment of the academy at WITCC enables area officers to travel daily and obtain their necessary certification in only eight weeks.