Pierre, South Dakota (Dakota News Now) – Many government agencies in South Dakota struggle to work together due to the complexity and overlapping jurisdictions. The committee plans to explore ways they can work together better.
“This work has been delayed for a long time,” said Joe Brings Plenty, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council and former CRST Police Chief. “There are many places in the state where law enforcement works well together, but sadly there are places where the level of trust and cooperation is not strong. I hope that.”
The commission’s main goal is to build trust between agencies without changing existing laws or violating tribal sovereignty. The Commission makes recommendations to the Attorney General and tribal authorities.
“Sometimes when criminals cross the border, they don’t get enough information that law enforcement needs,” said the commission’s co-chair when he returned to his elected position as Pennington County state attorney. Mark Burgo said. “By working together better, we can make a difference and make our state safer.”
The commission will convene in February to establish a timeline for presenting recommendations to the attorney general and tribal authorities, according to a press release.
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