Better know your leaders: Dustin Dassinger
Name: Dustin Dassinger
Hometown: South Heart
Position with the city: Dickinson Police Chief
For how long? I have been employed with the Dickinson Police Department since 1999. I have been serving as the police chief for the last two years.
When did you first move to Dickinson? Growing up in South Heart, I consider Dickinson as my hometown as well. I have lived in this area my entire life, except for the time I spent attending college and working for the Williston Police Department.
What is the biggest challenge leading Dickinson’s police force in this time of growth and change? The biggest challenge we are facing is recruiting and hiring new police officers to meet our staffing goals. We also have a young staff, which are getting a career worth of experience in a relatively short time.
What question do you get asked the most as police chief? Are you fully staffed?
What is the most disturbing crime that has taken place in Dickinson since you’ve been chief? Felony gross sexual imposition and felony child abuse involving a 5-month-old female victim.
What is the most common crime in Dickinson? Theft.
Have you ever made any awkward arrests? Yes, several. The one that stands out in my mind involves a cross-dresser and a wedding dress.