- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has seen the more officer-involved shootings this year than any other year since the state started keeping records in 2001.

There have been six officer-involved shootings in South Dakota in 2015, the Mitchell Daily Republic (https://bit.ly/1JZPLij ) reported. National attention has pressed down on other areas where officer-involved shootings have occurred, such as Ferguson, Missouri. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said the issue is “on the mind” of attorneys general across the nation.

“This is something that nationally is a concern,” Jackley said, “and it’s something that we attorneys general are working together to address.”

Jackley’s office says officer-involved shootings are when on-duty police officers shoot citizens. The state started keeping records informally in 2001 and implemented a formal protocol for keeping track of them in 2003.

There have been 22 of such shootings in South Dakota since Jackley became attorney general in 2009. In 2014, there were three - all fatal. This year, they’ve occurred in Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton, among other areas. Three of the six in 2015 have been fatal.

Jackley has praised the training South Dakota officers complete, which includes preparing for high-pressure situations. All new officers must take part in a 13-week law enforcement training course in Pierre. Don McCrea, an instructor, said the academy puts an emphasis on using communication rather than force.

The training is also designed to teach law enforcement officers when deadly force is appropriate.

Jackley is hosting a National Association of Attorneys General summit on 21st century policing as part of an initiative focusing on issues including officer-involved shootings. The summit will take place in Deadwood in May.

“We’re studying anything from uniform training to body worn cameras and other transparency issues and how to address overall officer-involved shootings,” Jackley said.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com


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