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Rising violent crime by children a concern

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police is concerned about rising violent crime by children.

Some as young as 12, says FOP Vice President Tim Doyle, some in trouble time and again.

“We’re dealing with the same kids over and over. They’re stealing a car and then a couple of days later they’re back out stealing another car.”

Doyle says there has to be early intervention to keep kids from going bad, while at the same time getting tougher on repeat juvenile offenders.

The FOP is calling for state lawmakers, school officials and other stakeholders to meet with local law enforcement to come up with solutions.

Doyle says the statewide rise in serious juvenile crime is “scary” and “sad.”

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