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Quiet scanners add another layer of opaqueness to law enforcement

BY: - November 19, 2023

Police are called on to “protect and serve.” In South Dakota that’s what they do, but they do it on their own terms. Too often those terms lack transparency. This became apparent again recently with the announcement that on Nov. 13, privately owned police scanners in the state’s two largest counties would go quiet as […]

The Sioux Falls Law Enforcement Center. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

Migrant officers flock to South Dakota police departments

BY: - November 18, 2023

Hours before the sun rose over Champaign, Illinois, on the morning of May 19, 2021, Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim and his partner were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance. Darion Lafayette was there to meet them and exchanged fire with both officers, killing Oberheim. Lafayette was also killed. Within a day, the […]

Damien Weets, right, testifies before the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission on Oct. 25, 2023 in Sioux Falls. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

State panel suspends Brookings police officer for slamming man against wall

BY: - October 25, 2023

SIOUX FALLS — A Brookings police officer will be suspended for a year after throwing an intoxicated man against a wall without warning when the man insulted him. Damian Weets, a 12-year police veteran in Brookings, will be eligible for recertification as a South Dakota law enforcement officer in a year, provided he undergoes a […]

The Department of Public Safety Building in Pierre. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

Law enforcement commission offers forgiveness for marijuana use

BY: - July 12, 2023

Two law enforcement hopefuls were offered forgiveness for cannabis use by the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards Commission on Wednesday in Pierre.  The vote for Parkston Police Officer Kody Beckers makes him eligible for certification in the state in spite of a seven-year-old guilty plea to THC wax possession during his freshman year of […]