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Reserve Deputy of the Year Award

2015 Reserve Deputy Sheriff of the Year

Special Deputy Dean Allen Youngman

Daviess County, Kentucky


Special Deputy Youngman’s law enforcement career began after returning from active duty with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, when he entered law school and was appointed as a full time investigator with the Lexington-Fayette County Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. After graduating from law school he was appointed as a Daviess County Special Deputy Sheriff, serving in that capacity until becoming an Assistant State’s Attorney in 1982.

He returned to full time military service from 1987 to 2003. Throughout much of his career Special Deputy Youngman was involved in developing firearms training programs. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, he oversaw the creation of a special firearms training program for National Guard soldiers. During this time he also directed the development and implementation of a close-quarters firearms training for National Guard soldiers that became the national model for such training. 

In 2004, Special Deputy Youngman was re-appointed as a Daviess County Special Deputy and currently serves as the senior firearms instructor for the department. His primary responsibility has been to develop and manage an enhanced firearms training program for the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to being a qualified military and NRA Range Safety Officer, Special Deputy Youngman is a certified Life-fire Shoothouse Instructor/Instructor Trainer and is a graduate of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Program.  He has also completed numerous firearms training courses at institutions such as the Gunsite Academy in Arizona, Rangemaster in Tennessee, the Kentucky DOCJT Rapid Deployment course, and the Glock law enforcement firearms instructor and armorer courses. He is a certified DOCJT Concealed Deadly Weapons Instructor, TASER Instructor, and an NRA certified handgun instructor. 

Special Deputy Youngman serves as the executive director of the Defense Small Arms Advisory Council, a trade association comprised of most of the U.S. based military firearms manufacturers.

When many would withdraw after retirement, Special Deputy Youngman dedicated himself to his commitment of establishing a professional firearms training program with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to having safer, more proficient deputies on patrol, there is no doubt that the standardization and organization of the training regimen has reduced overtime and training expenses. The program that Special Deputy Youngman developed has made the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office the envy of agencies statewide and nationally. 

Previous Winners

2014  Reserve Officer Bill Coyle - Jacksonville, FL