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Big things happening for local police department

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 25th, 2013

A lot of good news has come to the Flandreau City Police Department in the past week, including a significant award from the South Dakota Attorney General’s office for a new drug car.

The announcement came early last week that Marty Jackley and the Attorney General’s office had awarded Flandreau with $27,943 for a vehicle, spotlight and kennel to be used in drug investigations.

“The Drug Control Fund allows law enforcement to combat controlled substance abuse by funding local programs with monies seized from drug arrests,” Jackley said in a statement. “These funds will assist the Flandreau Police Department to better protect its communities.”

The vehicle will be a new Ford Police Interceptor SUV and it will replace the old Dodge Durango that the police force is currently using.

The PD got more great news at the last City Council meeting where it was determined that the PD will be heading back to full strength. Chief Jim Morey presented the Council with a plethora of research showing the need to go back to an eight-man crew. According to that research, Flandreau has about the same crime activity as a town like Brookings but is only a tenth of its size. As a reference point, Brookings has 30 officers on staff. Morey has hired two new officers already to bring the current total to seven.

Officer Chris Spaulding started working in Flandreau on June 10th. The Minnesota native was previously working on the Rosebud Indian Reservation before coming to Flandreau.

The newest member of the team is Officer Jimmy Murphy. Murphy previously worked in Alcester with Chief Morey and will begin working in Flandreau on July 8th.

Chief Morey will go through the interview process before hiring the eighth and final officer sometime in July.

With the PD being back to their full eight-man roster, they will be allowed to offer the school a Resource Officer. Since previous SRO, Darin Sinner, left for another opportunity, Chief Morey was forced to find a new candidate. He decided on Wyatt Koens, who has been with the department’s staff since April of 2010.

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