Criminal Offenses, Arrests Rise In South Dakota During 2015

Attorney General Marty Jackley says 2015 crime statistics show drops in many property crimes and juvenile offenses but a need to strengthen prevention when it comes to drug and alcohol offenses, financial crimes and child sex crimes.
    
Jackley also says that increased methamphetamine use continues to have an impact on higher levels of violent crime. Drug arrests jumped 22 percent, to more than 6,800.
    
Law enforcement agencies in the state last year reported about 40,000 total arrests, up nearly 6 percent from 2014. Total offenses were up 9 percent, to about 71,000.
    
Homicide and negligent manslaughter arrests dropped from 20 to 16, but arrests for sex offenses, assault, driving under the influence and child porn all increased.
    
Juvenile arrests dropped nearly 4 percent, to about 4,700.