South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards Commission

A person tries out a semi-automatic pistol at The Gun Store in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Commission moves to close loophole in armed school sentinel program

BY: - August 30, 2023

Current eligibility rules for the state’s armed school sentinel program don’t disqualify people who are barred from possessing firearms, according to Hank Prim, executive secretary for the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission. But the commission endorsed a rule change Wednesday in Pierre that would close that “loophole,” as Prim called it.  The Legislature […]

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Spike in complaints against officers prompts potential change to discipline process

BY: - July 18, 2023

The state has seen a 132% increase in investigations against law enforcement officers and 911 operators since 2016, and is on pace to field 13% more of the formal complaints that can spark such investigations this year. Hank Prim, of the state Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), shared the numbers with the South Dakota Law […]

Missing persons posters for Robert "Berta" Enoch, who died shortly after being arrested on April 3, 2023. (Submitted photos)

Deputy cleared of misconduct in death of Native American man in Lake Andes jail

BY: - July 13, 2023

The Charles Mix County sheriff’s deputy who arrested Robert “Berta” Enoch before his death by overdose in a Lake Andes jail will not be reprimanded for his actions. That was the decision of the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards Commission on Thursday in Pierre during a hearing for 31-year-old Jon Werkmeister.  Enoch, a 35-year-old […]