TenHaken, Sioux Falls Police Announce New Drug Unit


Mayor Paul TenHaken and Chief Matt Burns announced a new Narcotics Crime Unit that will begin in August at Wednesday’s Sioux Falls Police Briefing. 

TenHaken, who took over as Mayor on May 15, campaigned heavily on combating rising drug use in Sioux Falls. The new Narcotics Crime Unit will work under the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force, which consists of officers from Sioux Falls Police, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s deputies and agents with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Two officers are being moved from general patrol duties to join the Narcotics Crime Unit. 

TenHaken said Burns proposed the plan after his election and the two newly assigned officers were focus on street level narcotics rather than “kingpins” which is the focus of the Drug Task Force.  

Burns said drugs like meth and heroin lead to the most violent crimes in the city. He warned drug dealers the newly formed NCU will be out to pursue and punish. 

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