(SD)-Arrests Up, Violent Crime Down In SD
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A new report says arrests were up and violent crime down last year in South Dakota. Attorney General Marty Jackley says the report compiled by his office's Criminal Statistical Analysis Center finds the state remains a safe place to live.
Arrests for murder, kidnapping and child pornography were down, but drug crimes rose 7% and a bill already in the Legislature at Jackley's request imposes stiffer penalties for making and dealing meth.
Law enforcement agencies in South Dakota reported 44,265 arrests, an increase of 2,065 or almost 5% while rape and other sex offenses were below the 10-year average.
South Dakota had 1,958 certified law officers last year, down slightly from 2016 but up by nearly 300 officers since 2007.
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