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During parts of 2016, there were as few as 27 police officers on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
During parts of 2016, there were as few as 27 police officers on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
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January 20, 2017

Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Stop-Gap Duty on Pine Ridge Ending

Due to a low number of tribal police, five Bureau of Indian Affairs police offers were sent to the Pine Ridge Reservation in 2016. However, the officers are scheduled to leave in January, reports KOTA News.

In 2016, the Oglala Sioux Tribe had funding for 44 officers on the reservation, but recruitment and training issues prevented hiring and maintaining a full staff. Oglala Sioux Tribal officials are currently discussing next moves for the police force to ensure officer retention.

To read more about the Oglala Sioux Tribe, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive

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