Law Enforcment

In The Moment ... May 20, 2019 Show 579 Hour 2

The Oglala Sioux Tribe recently sent its largest class ever to the U.S. Indian Police Academy located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in New Mexico. Nine new officers are ready for service. The tribe now has more than 50 officers on the roster.

Bob Ecoffey is the Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Chief. He has served as a U.S. Marshall and has served the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC. He discusses his growing department and how officers are trained to protect and serve.

Lori Walsh

Captain Jason Gearman leads the Investigations Division of the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department, which includes the Command of the SWAT team. He has supervised School Resource Officers in rural school districts, and he is currently campaigning to be elected as Sheriff of Lincoln County. 

Captain Gearman joins us to discuss prevention of mass shootings in rural counties, the growth of Lincoln County in southeastern South Dakota, and the advantages and challenges of the state sentinel program.

In The Moment ... March 6, 2018 Show 290 Hour 1

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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is now designated ISO Class 1. The national Insurance Services Office rates fire departments across the United States. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is one of just 132 departments that meet the criteria for the Class 1 status.

Leaders remove a red cloth hiding part of a Sioux Falls Fire Rescue truck. Emblazoned on the white and red paint is shiny, reflective text: I.S.O. Class 1.

Rob Holso is the field representative with Insurance Services Office. He says the 100-point evaluation includes the fire department and community resources.