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Family Violence Warrant Sweep in Pennington County

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Family violence is a big problem nationwide, including domestic violence, child neglect or failure to pay child support. That is why the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, and South Dakota Department of Corrections, Parole Services joined in the national family violence warrants sweep.

Early Wednesday, October 23, 2019, two local team members swept across Rapid City arresting 10 people for charges ranging from simple assault domestic violence, aggravated assault domestic violence, abuse of an elderly or disabled person, failure to send child to school, resisting arrest and child support. During those efforts, in total 16 warrants were successfully served.

“The family violence sweep sends the message to offenders that no matter where they flee, we will work together to hold them accountable for their crimes,” says Sgt. Jeromey Smith in the Sheriff’s Warrants Division. “Prioritizing family violence not only protects victims, but can also break the cycle of violence and criminal activities.”

Clackamas County, Washington launched this effort 17 years ago. Agencies throughout the United States now join in this annual one-day sweep to arrest persons with outstanding family-violence warrants.

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