Pennington County looking to add 13 deputies
RAPID CITY (AP) — A preliminary budget approved by Pennington County commissioners includes $500,000 to hire more deputies in the sheriff's department.
Sheriff Kevin Thom says the department needs more officers to reduce long response times in the 100-mile-long county.
The Rapid City Journal reports that the plan would add 13 deputies in 2015. The sheriff's office currently has 78 certified law enforcement officers.
The final budget will be approved in September.