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July 16, 2014 09:59 AM

South Dakota County Looking To Add 13 Deputies

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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 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.

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