Police Top 10 Wins

  1. Community Resource Officer Position: The Sioux Falls Police Department has a well-deserved reputation for quality customer service, and it recognizes the growing changes in community diversity. In an effort to further our customer service to all residents, the department created a Community Resource Officer position(s) to further community partnerships and implement a neighborhood-based service delivery system. This newly created position allows the Sioux Falls Police Department to shape the role of the Community Resource Officer as it best fits our community and those we serve. The Community Resource Officer will dovetail nicely with the existing quadrant officers and further the efforts of community-oriented policing, contacts, and relationships.
  2. Uniformed Services/Patrol Staffing Deployment: In January 2017, Patrol transitioned to a “hybrid” system of staffing on Shift 1. This pilot project combined both eight-hour and ten-hour schedules in an effort to better address call coverage, as well as provide a variety of scheduling options for officers. This was taken a step further with a deep analysis of call volume by day, time, call type, and several other factors in an effort to better deploy officers for quicker response. The department will now be staffed heavier prior to the peak times of call volume in an effort to better serve the residents of Sioux Falls. Several different eight-hour and ten-hour shift schedules are now available to not only better serve our citizens, but also allow our officers some options for their work/life balance.
  3. Shifts Proactive Community Policing and Enforcement Efforts: At the beginning of 2017, each shift was tasked to identify specific enforcement details. Each shift focused their efforts on problematic areas of the city by providing high-visibility patrols to expand officers’ contact with residents and business owners. They concentrated their efforts on narcotics activity, illegal firearms, and other violent crimes and took a proactive approach in addressing these issues by targeting areas where narcotics were trafficked. The shifts conducted numerous details throughout the quadrants to include a Downtown Quadrant Project, a Central Quadrant Project, and Operation Safe Streets. These projects ran through October and focused primarily on addressing criminal activity and nuisance crimes in the core area of the city. As an example, during the weeks of Operation Safe Streets, officers made more than 2,400 citizen contacts and 180 narcotics-related arrests. During several Neighborhood Watch Group functions, as well as during the National Night Out campaign on August 1, residents expressed their gratitude for the work done in these areas.
  4. Recruitment: Recruitment of new officer applicants was an increased priority in 2017. More than 20 officers are broken up into teams to cover surrounding states, job fairs, and universities. Each time a team goes out, an average of 15 to 25 contact cards are completed. In November, a new officer was hired who was traced directly back to a contact he had with a team at a recruitment event.
  5. Partnering to Address Domestic and Sexual Assaults: Whether conducting SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse) training at our local hospitals; being involved in projects such as “Take Back the Night,” the Child Abuse Symposium, coroner training, and the Compass Center SART Team; or partnering with our local schools for training, our Investigations team has taken a very aggressive approach to reduce domestic and sexual assaults. The Sioux Falls Police Department also works to provide every single sexual assault kit for testing as soon as possible. Captain Loren McManus was selected as the 2017 recipient of the “Advocate in Action” award for his efforts in the domestic violence field during the Take Back the Night event in October.
  6. Drug Enforcement: Drug use and associated crimes are critical need areas in our city, and the Sioux Falls Police Department is taking steps to fight it. With the addition of one more narcotics detective in late December, we’ve raised the daily team to six. Results have already been realized, including doubling the amount of marijuana seized. In all of 2016, the Drug Task Force seized just under 115 pounds. In 2017, 276 pounds were seized. The task force also took 46 guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals and served 92 search warrants in 2017.
  7. Prescription Drug Safety: In 2017, the Sioux Falls Police Department worked with the community to take unused or outdated prescriptions off the streets and out of our medicine shelves. A second drug bin was added, and more than 3,200 pounds of prescription medicine was properly disposed of.
  8. K9 State Certified Trainer: A K9 officer is now state certified as a K9 team trainer in Patrol and Narcotics. This is an asset for the department and offers great financial savings to be able to keep our handlers at home and train our K9 teams in-house. Only a handful of officers in the state have this status.
  9. Events: Park officers (often with the help of traffic officers and school resource officers) managed approximately 100 special events on City property in 2017. The department also monitored 57 assembly permits. Using the estimated attendance for all of these, the total number of participants/attendees was a minimum of 400,000 people. This year was another successful one due in part to the excellent work of the officers, supervisors, and commander of Support Services. More than one million people visited the parks without incident.
  10. Traffic Enforcement: The department arrested 1,220 drunk drivers in 2017, up from 1,152 in 2016. In 2016, 6,543 speeding citations were issued; 8,512 were issued in 2017. This is mainly due to the efforts of the traffic officers, the Office of Highway Safety, and bike patrol.