Dysart native Dallas Blackburn graduates from Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Officer Dallas Blackburn, right, a Dysart native now employed by the Waterloo Police Department, pictured on his graduation day from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Attorney General Brenna Bird is also pictured (back right). PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF IOWA

DES MOINES – Officer Dallas Blackburn was recently congratulated by Attorney General Brenna Bird on his graduation from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in a ceremony that was held at Valley Church in West Des Moines on Friday, August 18.

The graduation ceremony was attended by family, friends, and law enforcement officials from across the state.

Blackburn was one of just 29 cadets in the 309th graduating class. Prior to graduation, he completed the academy’s rigorous 16-week training program that consisted of coursework in policing communications, criminal law, physical fitness, and emergency response. He also received training in patrol procedures, investigations, and tactical and administrative skills.

Bird welcomed the graduates onstage as they were presented with their diplomas by ILEA Director Brady Carney.

“Our law enforcement officers are heroes,” Bird said. “They put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. I congratulate Officer Blackburn for answering the call to serve and protect. I am so proud of our law enforcement for this accomplishment, and Iowa communities thank you. Know that our brave men and women in blue will always have an ally in the Attorney General’s office.”

Blackburn, a Union High School Class of 2021 graduate, will serve with the Waterloo Police Department. He is the son of Brad and Kerry Blackburn of Dysart, and brother to Landry and Lilly.

When contacted by the Telegraph for comment, Blackburn’s mother said, “[Dallas] is and always has been very goal driven and one who has always worked hard in life to achieve great things. We are beyond proud of his accomplishments!”