Law Enforcement

9th Annual Battle of the Badges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-There was some friendly competition between South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Saturday. The ninth annual Battle of the Badges fundraiser brought officers from departments statewide to Harmodon Park in Sioux Falls. The softball tournament gives everyone a chance to bond, but there’s an even deeper meaning. The purpose of the event is to remember officers who died in…

Cop on a Rooftop, Raising Money For Special Olympics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s something you don’t see everyday. Law enforcement in Sioux Falls spent their day hanging out on the rooftops of some Hy-Vee stores. They were not out scouting bad guys, instead they were looking for donations from shoppers. It’s the 2nd annual “Cop On A Rooftop” held by South Dakota Law Enforcement Torch Run. All the money…

Project Blue Light Honors Fallen Officers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- In 1989, a woman placed a blue light in her window during the holiday season to honor her son-in-law. He was a Philadelphia police officer, who was killed in the line of duty. Now-a-days, every holiday season nationwide, fallen members of law enforcement are remembered through “Project Blue Light.” On Wednesday night, South Dakotans paid tribute to…

Public Safety leader taking job at Dakota State University

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The head of South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety is leaving to take a job with Dakota State University. DPS Secretary Trevor Jones says he will be working in the digital forensics lab at the Madison school. Jones has led the Public Safety department during Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration, following a 20-year career in law enforcement….

Memorial Services Scheduled for Fallen Law Enforcement

Memorial services are scheduled this week for South Dakotans who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Attorney General is asking everyone to take a moment to reflect on the contributions that police officers make to our communities every day. According to a press release from the Attorney General’s office, the South Dakota Law Enforcement Memorial Service will…

20th Annual Sioux Falls Polar Plunge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It was chilly out today, probably a good day to wear a jacket, but some people in Sioux Falls had a better idea. They say it was the perfect day to go for a swim. Today was the 20th annual Sioux Falls Polar Plunge. It’s a Law Enforcement Torch Run Fundraiser to help raise money for the 2,100…

South Dakota Activates “Blue Alert” System

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Thursday, that the state has added the Blue Alert system to their statewide notification systems. The Blue Alert will be activated whenever a suspect at large has killed or caused serious injury to a law enforcement officer or it an officer has been abducted or is missing. “Anyone who seriously harms or kills law…

Girl Scout Cupcake Competition For Law Enforcement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Girl Scouts made last Saturday a little sweeter for local law enforcement. 90 Girl Scouts of all ages put their game faces on for a cupcake competition. 17 troops of girls baked themed cupcakes from campfire to ocean to holiday-themed, there was no shortage of imagination with these young leaders. Local bakers judged the…

The Empire Mall Hosts ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Empire Mall is honoring law enforcement throughout this holiday season. The mall hosted the ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’ event Tuesday night. The annual event recognizes fallen law enforcement officers across the country. Throughout the holidays, a blue light display and a tree decorated with blue lights will be placed at the main north entrance of…

North Dakota’s Bill Rises For Oil Pipeline Protest Costs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s bill for policing protests of the Dakota Access pipeline continues to rise. The North Dakota Emergency Commission is set to borrow an additional $5 million Monday to cover law enforcement costs. That will bring the total line of credit from the state-owned bank of North Dakota to $39 million. State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily…

Minnehaha Co. Emergency Management Seeking Police Reserve Volunteers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minnehaha County Emergency Management is looking for volunteers for their police reserve. The county’s Reserve Law Enforcement Unit currently has 60 officers. Their primary function is to assist other officers, and do security detail at community events such as parades, tournaments, Jazz Fest, and The Sioux Empire Fair. Reserve officers are certified by the state’s Law…

Oglala Sioux, Law Enforcement Work On Policing Agreement

KYLE, S.D. (AP) – Law enforcement leaders from the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Pennington County are working on an agreement to make it harder for violent offenders to escape justice by fleeing to another jurisdiction. Tribal leaders met with the Pennington County sheriff and states attorney and the Rapid City police chief Thursday night in Kyle. Oglala tribal member Dave…

Officers In South Dakota Fundraise With Softball Game

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) – Police and fire departments in southeast South Dakota have played in a softball game to fundraise for an injured resident who helped an officer being assaulted. The Daily Republic reports the departments organized Thursday’s game in Wagner to fundraise for 53-year-old Wayne Joseph. Officer James Flynn alleges he was assaulted by Jubal Grant Jr. in June…

Drug Forfeiture Money Goes To 13 Law Enforcement Agencies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – From Narcan kits to K9 equipment, law enforcement agencies throughout South Dakota have new money to purchase equipment using the profits of drug dealers. Attorney General Marty Jackley Tuesday announced monetary awards for 13 law enforcement agencies using $195,500 in drug forfeiture money. That puts a dent in the total requests from all agencies statewide of…

Law Enforcement Shakeup Underway On Pine Ridge Reservation

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – A major shakeup in law enforcement is taking place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council declared a state of emergency and withdrew support this week for Police Chief Harry Martinez, who has since resigned. The council has faced a deluge of complaints from tribal members on a reservation that’s experienced…

Law Enforcement Continues to Seek Information in Inmate Death

PIERRE, S.D. – Law Enforcement continues to follow-up on new leads in the Moses Dubray homicide investigation, but requests the public to come forward with any additional information. Dubray was found deceased along SD Hwy 89 on January 11, 2017. Dubray was placed on escape status by the South Dakota Department of Corrections after walking away from his assigned unit…

Law Enforcement Ready For Pipeline Protesters

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – Law enforcement is on heightened alert for protest activity in the area where the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is drilling under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. Energy Transfer Partners got the needed permission from the Army on Wednesday night to lay pipe under Lake Oahe. Work started right away on…

Jackley: State Forensic Lab Finishes Rape Kit Testing

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says that the state’s forensic lab has finished testing all rape kits collected from South Dakota law enforcement agencies as part of a state project. Jackley’s office said Monday that the South Dakota Forensic Lab gathered more than 500 untested rape kits from authorities in South Dakota starting in 2013. He says…

Blue Lights Illuminate Capitol For Law Enforcement Appreciation

PIERRE, S.D. – The front doors of the Capitol will be illuminated in blue tonight in recognition of the sacrifices made by South Dakota law enforcement officers and their families. “The individuals who enforce our laws live selfless lives. They’re courageous, hardworking and dedicated individuals. They work long hours and willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. We…