Agency Type: State Agency
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 909,824
Agency Size: 121 total - 49 sworn; 72 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Local Law Enforcement Agencies
Grant Focus Area(s): Technology; Training; Crime Scene Investigation
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is a predominantly rural agency that conducts criminal investigations, maintains criminal records, trains law enforcement, and operates a forensic laboratory. In recent years, there has been a consistent increase in the violent crime rate in South Dakota. Many communities contend with increases in the complexity of crimes while fielding fewer officers and limited resources. South Dakota law enforcement resources are limited and are coupled with a need for more training, expertise, and support that would generally allow agencies to prevent and respond to violent crimes more effectively.
The DCI intends to support rural South Dakota law enforcement agencies by providing training and deploying a three-dimensional (3D) scanner for enhanced crime scene investigation and documentation. The DCI will use cameras in training to facilitate scenario-based playback. The DCI will also improve crime scene training by providing kits to rural law enforcement trainees to enable more robust investigative responses for many communities throughout South Dakota. The DCI believes that implementing these measures will improve the efficacy of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies while creating lasting training content for law enforcement agencies statewide, enhancing arrests and convictions, and reducing violent crime rates.