Significant drop in violent crime rate in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. — FBI report shows 5.8 percent drop in South Dakota violent crime rate in 2018 — this is the first decrease in five years.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom says ” Now it is one year date so it would be nice if that continues for more than one year. So we have a downward patter if you will, here about a week ago we took a number of violent criminals off the street with our warrants sweep so getting violent criminals off the street makes a difference.”

In an earlier announcement, U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons stated there has been progress in making our communities safer through Project Safe Neighborhoods.

According to the report, the most significant drop was seen in the category of murders and non-negligent homicides, which declined 56 percent from 2017-2018.

“These numbers are a testament to the tireless efforts and dedication of our federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers working to protect us every day,” said U.S. Attorney Parsons. “We must always remember that these men and women cannot do their jobs effectively without the help and support of the general public. Fortunately, we have that here in South Dakota. We are grateful for the tremendous community support shown for law enforcement officers across the state.”

Earlier this week, Attorney General William P. Barr announced that the estimated number of violent crimes in the United States as a whole has decreased 3.3 percent since 2017. The national violent crime rate fell 3.9 percent when compared with the 2017 rate. This was the second consecutive year that violent crime has decreased nationwide.

Two years ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), This was the centerpiece of the department’s crime reduction strategy. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. Part of the PSN strategy is the focus on enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partner with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Since incorporating this program two years ago, the department’s United States Attorneys have partnered with all levels of law enforcement, local organizations, and members of the community to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

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