Pennington County Sheriff’s Office swears-in new members

A total of eight new employee are joining the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office welcomed more members into its ranks on Tuesday.

Eight new employees were sworn-in:

  • Three correction officers
  • Jail booking tech
  • Records specialist
  • Jail paramedic
  • Care Campus Addiction Counselor
  • Care Campus Detox Tech

The Care Campus Addiction counselors are proving to be a much-needed addition, specifically due to the difficulty in becoming a counselor.

“After you apply to become a trainee through the State of South Dakota, then you have five years to accumulate the credits needed, the specific drug and alcohol credits that you need to become licensed but prior to being licensed you also have to take a test, an exam and that’s quite the undertaking,” said Amanda Whelchel,

The challenge did not deter new counselor Amber Kirkpatrick from taking on the job.

She says, beside the desire to help people, she’s excited to work at a great facility.

“I’m also to work at the care campus specifically because there’s so many different things under one roof,” Kirkpatrick said. “I don’t think people realize how much there is. We have detox services, we have in-patient services, out-patient services, we have assessments, we have so much under one roof and so I’m excited to work here and get all of that experience.”

The Care Campus says its always looking for qualified counselors, looking to help people battling addiction.

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