International group honors BIA’s police chief
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The police chief of the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has been named the 2013 Indian Country Officer of Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The U.S. Attorney in South Dakota says the award was given to David Lawrence for the nearly 18 years he has worked in Indian Country. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Lawrence has worked in numerous complex cases involving murder, kidnapping, violent sexual assaults and child abuse.
Johnson notes that for several years Lawrence was the only criminal investigator in the reservation at a time when the area saw an increase in teen suicides.
The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation straddles the North and South Dakota border.