With the retirement of a prominent sergeant, the Belle Fourche Police Department is hiring two temporary police officers, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Police Chief Marlyn Pomrenke stated that extra assistance is needed until full-time police officers can be recruited, hired and trained.
In order to expedite the hiring process, the Belle Fourche City Council increased the hourly wage for the casual, already certified officers from $18.03 to $19.42 per hour. However, casual officers are able to enroll in city benefits.
Before November 2016, the Belle Fourche Police Department had ten full-time officers. Since then, six officers, including the former police chief Scott Jones, have left the department. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has assisted the department on an as needed basis.