Pennington County Sheriff’s Office releases 2019 Annual Report

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) released its 2019 annual report this week. The report is a compilation of the numbers when it comes to law enforcement activity.

The report highlights issues facing the county, as well as the accomplishments of the sheriff’s office.

Pennington County is made up of nearly 3,000 square miles of territory. That area is protected by over 400 full-time employees and 200 volunteers.

In 2019 the sheriff’s office had 68,527 calls to service.

A growing concern for county and state is meth. Drug possession arrests related to meth have increased by 13% in the past four years. Pennco Annual Report

Another drug making its way into the county is heroin. In previous years there weren’t many heroin arrests, but in 2019 there were 90 heroin possession arrests.

“Heroin is a narcotic, it has more of a depressant effect on your central nervous system. Whereas methamphetamine is a stimulant and people use them to go back and forth in some cases,” says PCSO Sheriff Thom.

The better news, there has been a steady decrease in arrests for possession of pharmaceuticals over the past 7 years.

The sheriff’s office has implemented several programs that help better the community and prevent incarceration. One of those programs, the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge, which focuses on the Native American population.

“It helps educate the public about what we do in terms of minority voice, but it also educates people internally within the sheriff’s office having a better understanding of you know minority populations,” says Thom.  

Other programs are the Care Campus and 24/7 Sobriety, which tackle drug and alcohol addiction.

The information is public and available for citizens to look at online at this link

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