On January 9th, 2020, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.
On January 9th of each year, we will call our nation’s citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time on January 9th to show their support. Our citizens can show their support in a number of ways:
• Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
• Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
• Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.
• Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.
• Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
• Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers.
• Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards.
• Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization’s webpage or social media pages.
• Coordinate and/or participate in a Blue Blood Drive.
Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.
A look at local law enforcement by the numbers
The following information was provided by the respective law enforcement agencies across Cheyenne River.
CRST Law Enforcement:
•16 patrol staff
•8 active police officers, with several supervisors
•2 drug officers
•2 Indian Highway Safety officers
•The department covers over 22 communities, including the cities of Dupree, Eagle Butte, Firesteel, Isabel, and Timber Lake
•Patrol 518 miles of highway
On average, CRST Tribal Law Enforcement responds to 1000 calls per week.
Ziebach County Sheriff’s Office:
•2 Sheriff Deputies
On average, the Ziebach County Sheriff responds to 4-5 traffic calls per day, with the most calls received in the spring, summer and fall.
Dewey County Sheriff’s Office:
•2 Sheriff Deputies
Last month, the Dewey County Sheriff responded to 81 calls for service.
City of Eagle Butte Police Department:
•1 Police officer
According to Officer Schuler, the average number of calls he responds to varies per day.
How do I become a police officer?
According to CRST Chief of Police Chuck LeCompte, the first step to becoming a CRST police officer is to sign up with CRST Oyate Conections and submit an application to work as a detention officer. During your time as a detention officer, you should apply for police officer certification school either through the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ U.S. Indian Police Academy in Artesia, New Mexico or you can obtain training through the state. After completing police officer certification school, you will become a police officer.