Sioux Falls saw less violent crime (homicide, assault) in 2021 compared to the year prior, but the drug seizures are up dramatically.
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Simplified: Sioux Falls saw less violent crime (homicide, assault) in 2021 compared to the year prior, but the drug seizures are up dramatically.
Violent crimes including homicide and assault were flat or slightly down from 2020.
Rape cases saw a slight increase in 2021.
Other increases include:
When it comes to drugs, police seized:
Where are these drugs coming from?
Out of state, Thum said, and in many (if not most) cases from other countries including Mexico and China. These places are finding a market for buyers in Sioux Falls, he added.
Chief Jon Thum also gave an update on staffing. The department is short four officers, for a total of 280 either hired or in training.
Police are also looking for the community’s help in a couple of ways to decrease crime in 2022:
The police department will continue to send messages to the public promoting locked vehicles and conversations with youth about the dangers of drug use.
The department is also looking to do more work engaging Sioux Falls’ youth both as a way to deter them from committing crimes and as a way to potentially grow the pool of potential future police officers.
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