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The Pale Blue Line: Sioux Falls Recruits Six Out-of-State Cops, All White

Good news for Whitopia! Governor Kristi Noem’s effort to recruit armed refugees from America’s urban hellscapes appears to be succeeding. The Sioux Falls Police Department just swore in six new officers yesterday. All six fled higher paying police positions in other states, and all six are white:

Sioux Falls Police Department, tweet, 2021.09.22.
Sioux Falls Police Department, tweet, 2021.09.22.

On his way out just a couple months ago, former SFPD Chief Matt Burns said he wasn’t satisfied with his department’s efforts to recruit more diverse officers to reverse a long-standing disparity between our largest city’s increasingly mixed racial character and the mostly pale faces behinds its badges.

But never mind that. Governor Noem can keep promoting South Dakota’s white open spaces.


  1. cibvet 2021-09-23

    Since there is not or never will be a national data base for job performance or being rid of qualified immunity, it is a free run with no repercussions regardless of being all pale faces. Whatever could go wrong with those kind of circumstances?

  2. jerry 2021-09-23

    These have probably been booted from the jobs they held in those states listed. Rapid City also goes out of state for shock troops. Andy and Barney have no place in cop world anymore.

  3. larry kurtz 2021-09-23

    Police unions get the cash and teachers’ unions get the shaft but cops’s lives suck. Little wonder they abuse their families, alcohol, drugs, food, power, detainees and occasionally murder their wives.

  4. cibvet 2021-09-23

    Their lives may suck, but it is the life and job they chose with the unfettered power that came with it. The abuse of power in their daily interactions with the public does not get turned off when they go home to their families. The drugs, drug money, and abuse that they encounter daily, does not do well in a home or public setting and with that mindset comes the problem of no accountability.

  5. Eve Fisher 2021-09-23

    Well, Kristi got what she advertised for. All white, from other Police Departments. The woman said on KELO that she & hubby were from Albuquerque, & it “wasn’t a good fit” – would love to know why.

  6. John Dale 2021-09-23

    I had an extensive conversation with a Sioux Falls police officer this year. I was very impressed. Sioux Falls has some very difficult challenges from law enforcement perspective, and they are doing their best being very understaffed.

  7. Steve P 2021-09-23

    Don’t say that John. This article is about hate. Hate of whites. Hate of cops. Hate of Noem. Hate SD. Please stay on topic.

  8. Steve P 2021-09-23

    Hey Eve, please do some investigative journalism and find out….or also notice that the woman said her husband was from Iowa and trying to get closer to home. But I’m sure you believe and hope it’s because of some racist perspective right?

  9. larry kurtz 2021-09-23

    Republicans: cops on horseback whipping refugees are heroes.

    Also Republicans: cops protecting the US Capitol are traitors.

  10. O 2021-09-23

    Steve, I get your point. I see this more as holding SFPD’s feet to the fire to live up tho their goal (and I hope everyone’s goal) to create a police department that reflects the community they serve and protect. It is especially important for young people to see people who look like them in positions of authority: teachers, plolice officers, bank managers, doctors, nurses . . .

  11. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-09-23

    Steve P, the Sioux Falls PD said it wanted more diversity. Instead, it hired six more white officers who are responding to Kristi Noem’s thinly veiled for refugees seeking to maintain apartheid. As usual, you try to distract from the main point by screaming nonsense.

  12. mike from iowa 2021-09-23

    Steve is kwhite alwhite with white. Magats idea of diversity is to have cops of different white heights.

  13. Porter Lansing 2021-09-23

    A Black, retired, Chicago police captain wrote, in his memoirs:

    “There are three mindsets among rank and file police officers.”
    “Thirty percent will do every criminal act and push every regulation they think they can get away with.”
    “Thirty percent will follow every law and uphold every regulation, without question or a thought of wavering.”
    “Thirty percent will do one of the two above, depending on what their commanding officer allows.”

    My visual, first impression is the cop with the pink tie and the female are in the middle group.
    The three in the middle are in the first group.
    The cop on the far right is in the third group.

  14. Mark Anderson 2021-09-23

    Oh Steve, nice to see you here, excuse me I’ve got to P.

  15. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-09-23

    Obviously, I don’t hate cops or white people. I do hate the thoughtless insult-throwing radical rightwingers like Steve use to distract from legitimate criticism of police departments or other institutions that perpetuate systemic racism to support the white privilege that Steve is terrified to lose and refuses to admit he and I enjoy.

    Chief Burns left saying SFPD needed more diversity to reflect its diverse community. Steve, does Chief Burns hate cops?

  16. John 2021-09-23

    There oughta be a law: that the SD Highway Patrol be 9-10% Indian and 50% female; that every county SO’s officers reflect the gender and ethnicity of their public – same with the towns over 10k.

  17. Edwin Arndt 2021-09-23

    John, you want a law that every police department should be a certain
    percentage racial mix and a certain percentage sexual mix.
    And then there those that are against racism and sexism.

  18. Edwin Arndt 2021-09-23

    And then there are those

  19. jerry 2021-09-23

    Sounds about right John, there certainly needs more diversity.

  20. Richard Schriever 2021-09-23

    Steve, there are strong elements of Hispanic and Native culture throughout NM and non Hispanic Whites are a MINORITY in Albuquerque itself. Outside the city even more so. So, yeah, a white boy from Iowa – not a good fit.

  21. cathy 2021-09-24

    Porter, that’s the same impression I got. The short guy in the middle has a strong incel vibe.

  22. Joe 2021-09-25

    Sioux Falls’ public school district enrollment is 40% non-white. That’s the future of the city. The police department should at least make an attempt at more diversity.

  23. Rough Rider 2021-09-26

    To those who thought they saw a Border Patrolman whipping people with a loose rein, you are mistaken.

    Talk to a Horseman and they will tell you that it is not possible. when they see the way he was handling the loise reins. The horse was doing what any cutting horse is trained to do. The rider’s job at that point is to say in the saddle.

    My 2 Cents

  24. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-09-26

    Hey, Rough, why are you bringing that topic up here? This blog post discusses the continued lack of diversity on the Sioux Falls police force.

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