IONIA COUNTY SHERIFF
Sheriff Dwain Dennis began his career in law enforcement in 1970 serving as a patrolman assigned to the second precinct in the City of Detroit. In 1972 He joined the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office starting as a jail officer and road deputy. Dennis quickly rose to the position of detective and served Ionia in that capacity for twenty-four years until becoming Sheriff in 1998. During his tenure as Sheriff, Dennis has been instrumental in initiating standards for internal investigation; developing a model Mental Health Diversion program, chaired the MISSION board for the Michigan Sheriff’s Association; and serves on the ethics committee for M.C.O.L.E.S. At the national level, Sheriff Dennis serves on the legal advisory committee for the National Sheriff’s Association and the Fight Crime – Invest in Kids national program.
Sheriff Dennis holds a bachelor degree in business management from Spring Arbor University; is a graduate of the National F.B.I. in Quantico, Virginia; a graduate of the Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute; the National Sheriff’s Association Internal Affairs Workshop; Macnlow Advanced Sheriffs and Chiefs, Moving beyond survival to Success; the National Law Enforcement Institute for Advanced Investigators and many other related programs.
Sheriff Dennis has taught criminal investigation at MontcalmCommunity College, as well as presented at several seminars in the areas of cultural diversity and community policing.
Currently, Sheriff Dennis is working with M.C.O.L.E.S to establish a curriculum for training new recruits in the field of mental health awareness and appropriate officer response.
Sheriff Dennis believes that the most effective approach to contemporary law enforcement will be achieved through a transition from Reactive to Proactive. This can be accomplished through a broader vision by law enforcement leaders and by implementation of community service programs designed to promote an awareness of the importance of living a law abiding lifestyle.