Family violence warrant sweep picks up 10 people
PCSO continues to serve warrants daily
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office rounded up ten people with outstanding warrants as part of their annual family violence warrant sweep.
Early Wednesday morning, ten people were arrested in connection to 16 warrants.
The charges they face include simple or aggravated assault domestic violence, abuse of an elderly or disabled person, failure to send a child to school, and failure to pay child support.
The warrant sweep is part of a nationwide initiative aimed to crack down on family violence. In Pennington County, over 350 outstanding warrants exist tied to family violence.
“We’re the only agency in the state that participates and we’ve been doing it for many, many years,” said Sgt. Jeromey Smith in the Sheriff’s Warrants Division. “We’re trying to take the forefront on it and this is the one day of the year we specifically dictate for those type of warrants to go search for those folks.”
Smith says the warrants division can have about 6,000 outstanding warrants on any given day. Warrants continue to be served daily but many are cleared by people turning themselves in.
You can check to see if you or someone you know has an outstanding warrant by visiting Pennington County’s website.
“Most of our warrants, and we clear a lot of them every day by people coming in and turning themselves in,” said Smith.
The warrants window, located on the main floor of the Public Safety Building on Kansas City Street from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. to sign up for morning court at 10 a.m. but the window is open during business hours.