State crime report shows increase in arrests for 2016

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New crime data released by Attorney General Marty Jackley for 2016 indicate a continued rise in crime across South Dakota.

Compared to 2015, the number of arrests increased by 5.3 percent to 42,200. The total for 2015 was 40,069.

Local, state and federal law enforcement continue to battle the growing drug epidemic in South Dakota, as drug offenses increased by 12.5 percent in 2016. Drug use, particularly methamphetamine, has been a focus for Governor Dennis Daugaard, who signed two bills this legislative session to combat the increasing trend.

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Still, Jackley commended efforts by law enforcement across the state for making South Dakota a "safe place to live."

"Law enforcement agencies are aggressively fighting crime in South Dakota,” Jackley said in a press release.  “Local, county and state agencies in our state have added over three hundred more certified officers since 2007, which has also resulted in more arrests to keep our neighborhoods and cities safe.”

Law enforcement reported 4,791 assaults in 2016, which is the highest assault total since 2005.

The state did see some good news in the report too. The number of murders fell from 27 to 21, a 22 percent decrease.

The full report can be read here.

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