Seven of the 15 total new recruits sworn in will go to work for the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, including Randy Mullins, who moved to South Dakota to become a deputy.
Mullins previously worked in law enforcement in Kennewick, Washington. He arrived in Rapid City with his family just days ago.
“We came to South Dakota because we were looking for a safer place to live,” he said. “Washington State is just not the best place to be. We really liked the politics in South Dakota.”
Mullins said he even got a chance to meet Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday. Noem stopped by the Public Safety Building in Rapid City to meet with the new recruits and hear why they came to work for Pennington County.
“She is as genuine in person as she is in media,” he said [link added; Shannon Marvel, “Pennington County Sheriff’s Office Swears in New Recruits from Across the Country,” Rapid City Journal, 2021.11.04].
As for safety, Deputy Mullins might want to attend his Captain Tony Harrison’s next briefing on increasing gang violence in Rapid City:
Street gang members in Rapid City are becoming less fearful of consequences.
That’s according to Tony Harrison, captain of Investigations for the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, who has been investigating street gang activity in Rapid City and Pennington County over the course of his 25-year career in law enforcement.
Since the beginning of his career, Harrison said street gangs in the area have become noticeably more prone to use violence than in past years.
“The fear of consequences seems to be less,” he said. “Consequences can be many things, it could be getting assaulted by another person, arrested, put in jail, killed. Some of the consequences are implemented by the legal system and some of them are implemented by the gang’s own justice system.”
Harrison said there are several large street gangs in Rapid City, including the Boyz, North Side Gangster Disciples, and the North Side Family [Shannon Marvel, “Street Gangs Less Fearful of Consequences, Pennington County Investigator Says,” Rapid City Journal, 2021.11.06].
Again, oh well: another loving gaze from the Snow Queen’s genuinely bedazzling blue eyes will wipe away any facts about gang violence or low pay. Noemistan and the SDGOP run on personality cultists, not empiricists.
(Note: one of the new PCSO recruits told Governor Noem Wednesday that the “ridiculous” housing market as him and his family, with three kids and three dogs, still staying in a two-bedroom AirBnB.)