Law enforcement beefed up for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is underway in the Black Hills of western South Dakota and local communities have beefed up law enforcement.

Law enforcement agencies in Meade and Pennington counties are hiring more officers, temporarily opening a second jail and keeping a courthouse open seven days a week.

The rally started Friday and runs through Aug. 11. On Saturday, authorities said there have been crashes reported but officials won’t release numbers until noon on Sunday.

Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says officers are “already busy.”

VanDewater wouldn’t say how many temporary officers he hires but said they come from South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Minnesota and other states.

VanDewater says the most common issues officers deal with are illegal parking, followed by drunken driving and drug use.

Nearly half a million people attended last year’s rally.

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