Individuals looking to thwart public safety officials often cross across the borders of sovereign tribal nations, taking advantage of a complex jurisdictional system. In order to combat this issue, officials from the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Rapid City Police Department are currently discussing collaborative efforts, reports KOTA News.
The three entities are exploring extradition agreements which would allow county, city, and tribal officials to turn offending criminals over to the jurisdiction in which they committed a crime. Such an agreement would prevent criminals from running to a different law enforcement jurisdiction to avoid prosecution.
The Rapid City Police Department met with the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s law and order committee in late April in which a 90-day study period was agreed upon to work on the jurisdictional agreement.
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