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Databases Updated on Apr 18, 2021

What are South Dakota Police Records?

South Dakota's state police force is the Highway Patrol. It was first established in 1935 with ten officers and was called the "Courtesy Patrol." At the time, their jurisdiction was enforcing motor vehicle and traffic laws. In 1937, this patrol was eliminated and the Motor Patrol began with eight men. In 1956, the patrol was renamed the South Dakota Highway Patrol and increased in size to 56 men.

Divisions of South Dakota Police

Rather than divisions, the South Dakota Highway Patrol employs officers in special services such as the Crash Assistance Program, Police Service Dogs unit and Aircraft and Emergency Support units.

The Crash Assistance Program aids in gathering and supplying details about crashes on the state's highways, as well as information regarding serious crashes and fatalities. The Police Service Dogs unit aids troopers in missing persons cases and detection of drugs and explosives. The Aircraft unit helps troopers search for any vehicle or person on the run, and Emergency Support aids troopers in the case of a natural disaster or issue of public safety.

The Highway Patrol now operates as a division of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Other department involved with policing and protecting the public include the Office of Emergency Management, Fire Marshal and Homeland Security.

Requesting South Dakota Police Records

The South Dakota Unified Judicial System maintains and releases criminal records upon request, unless those records are sealed by the judge. Police and case records are available from 1989. Civil cases may also be searched from 2003 unless sealed by a judge. Personal information about the offender is not available, but there is a name-based search available online with the Public Access Record Search system. Fees start at $20 per search.

If conducting a search, you will need the person's full name and date of birth. Records can be searched on a statewide basis or by county.

South Dakota Arrest Records by Type of Crime

The popular arrests for 2017 in South Dakota was for All Other Offenses (except traffic) - 16,967, the same popularity of the arrest type was seen in Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona. The least popularity had Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter arrests - with only 17 crimes a year.

Arrest Type Under 18 All ages Total arrests
Violent Crime 131 1,748 1,879
Property Crime 809 3,283 4,092
Murder & Non-negligent Manslaughter 1 16 17
Rape 8 79 87
Robbery 13 88 101