User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


75° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Training To Protect The Public, State

April 8, 2012, 5:33 PM by Peggy Moyer

Training To Protect The Public, State
PIERRE, SD -

The South Dakota Highway Patrol recently hired thirteen new recruits. But before they head out on the roads, they need to go through the highway patrol's law enforcement training program.

All of South Dakota's Highway Patrol recruits start at the George Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre.  The new troopers spend eight months, training full-time in the classroom and out in the field.

"We try to prepare them in the academy for anything they may encounter during their job or career as a state trooper," South Dakota Highway Patrol Major Dana Svendsen said.

The Highway Patrol has seen quite a few retirements in the past few years. Existing troopers are given first choice to transfer to the open positions, then the recruits can put in their requests.

"And we try to honor that as much as possible just for family reasons. And some times it works out that they get one of their top three and other times they don't," Svendsen said.

By the time the 13 recruits hit the roads and get their own cars, they're going to have more than 1,000 hours of training under their belt.

Recruits receive instruction on officer survival, crash investigations, speed and code enforcement, along with firearms and driver training. Svendsen says while the public typically sees troopers writing tickets, every traffic stop or call for back up can put a trooper's life at risk.

"We do spend a lot of our time assisting other agencies that may be short staffed, or if they need back up on calls our troopers will respond," Svendsen said.

The current group of new recruits will be ready to respond in July, after graduating from the academy.

Coming up in tonight's Eye on KELOLAND at Ten, we take a closer look at the firearms training piece of the program which recruits need to master before becoming a trooper.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Body Identified: No Foul Play Suspected

7/22/2014 8:56 PM

No foul play is suspected in the death of 64 year-old Susanna K. Bannwarth. The Fulton woman was reported missing Monday morning. Her body was f...

Full Story
Two People Go To Hospital Following Fight

7/28/2014 11:30 AM

Sioux Falls Police say a large fight behind the Best Buy store on 41st Street landed two people in the hospital early Sunday morning.

Full Story
Car Versus Bike Crash Near 41st And Marion

7/23/2014 4:39 PM

A car versus bike crash happened at the intersection of 41st Street and Larch Avenue.

Full Story
Missing Woman Located

7/23/2014 6:19 PM

Tori Jean Bruggeman has been located by police. Authorities are working to get her reunited with family.

Full Story
Police Looking For Sioux Falls Woman

7/23/2014 5:06 PM

There is a search underway for a missing 31-year-old woman.

Full Story


Events