The Dyersville Police Department has hired a new police officer, one who Chief Brent Schroeder believes shows a lot of promise.

“We’re very fortunate to get what I think is a young man that has a very bright future in law enforcement,” Schroeder said.

At its May 4 meeting, the Dyersville City Council unanimously approved the hiring of Dmitry Nikolaev at an hourly rate of $24.

In a letter recommending Nikolaev for employment, Schroeder wrote that he has an associate degree from Kirkwood Community College and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in August 2018.

Nikolaev was also employed with the Linn County Sheriff’s Department for approximately three months before he took a job in the private sector. But, Schroeder stated, Nikolaev was eager to make a transition back into law enforcement.

While Nikolaev has already graduated from the academy, Schroeder said he will need to undergo some additional certification procedures as well as complete Dyersville’s standard in-house training.

“The state also requires that we refresh him on a few things since he did take that leave from law enforcement and we are working through the academy on those issues,” Schroeder told the council. “He just has to make up some hours to make sure all his certifications are up to speed.”