August 19, 2018



415 West 1st Avenue, Suite 102,

Miller, South Dakota 57362-1342
Business Hours: 605-853-2408*
Emergency = 9-1-1

Doug DeBoer – Sheriff /Email:  [email protected]

Chelsea Kendrick – Office Manager / Email: d[email protected]

Jordan Anderson – Deputy Sheriff & K9 / Email:  [email protected]

Vacant – Deputy Sheriff / Email:  [email protected]

Unscheduled – part-time / substitute deputies:

Jim Keeter, Tala Sandness & Jordan Brummel

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August 8, ,2018

Hand County will soon be accepting applications for an interim sheriff. This interim sheriff will be appointed by the county commissioners to take office in January of 2019. The election of the next sheriff will take place in 2020 at which time the sheriff will serve a two year term and then run for election in 2022 to serve a full four year term.

The statutory minimum salary for a county of our size is $41,256 (SDCL 7-12-15). The final salary is set the county commission. The position will include full time benefits which are: Paid health insurance (with a small life insurance policy included) for the employee, optional health for family, vision and dental. Hand County participates in the South Dakota Retirement System and because this is a Class B (law enforcement) position, the employee contributes 8% of earnings which is matched by the employer.

Preference will be given to applicants who hold current valid law enforcement officer certification in South Dakota and who have five years of supervisory / administrative law enforcement experience, preferably in a sheriff’s office.

The office is authorized to have two full time deputies. Currently, one position is filled while one is vacant. There is also authorized one full time civilian / office manager position and one evening / part-time clerk / dispatcher position.

Based on a 14 year average, the office responds to an average of 1259 calls for service a year. Of that number, there are 495 case reports, 243 service of court documents, 112 gun permits, 89 non-injury accidents, 9 injury accidents, and 1 fatal accident per year. The office issues an average of 124 traffic tickets, and 95 warning tickets.

The office collects on an average of 32 executions per year and 3 distress warrants per year.

We typically have 2 unattended deaths per year.

The county averages 17 prisoners per year for an average of 350 prisoner days in custody. We average 1 juvenile in detention per year. There is no detention of prisoners in county, all prisoners are housed in other facilities by contract.

The duties of the sheriff include but are not limited to those set in statute and administrative rule. Please visit the link below for a sample of the sheriff’s duties.…/Codified_Laws/TextSearch.aspx…

In addition to the statutory requirements, the sheriff is also a department head / administrator for the office, establishing policy, running the fiscal affairs of the sheriff and jail (inmate care) budgets, the sheriff’s trust account, general operations of a 24 hour business operating with office hours between 8a and 6p. The sheriff is responsible for all operations in the office so knowledge of all employee jobs and job descriptions is required.

The sheriff also works with other department heads in the general operation of the county and participates in other functions unrelated to law enforcement and sheriff specific business as needed by the commission, the department heads and the constituents.

The sheriff works varied hours but generally works during courthouse hours and as needed during evenings, weekends and holidays (which is frequent in this small agency) and during staff shortages. A typical work week is between 50 and 60 hours.

State minimum requirements are as follows:

23-3-42. Qualifications prescribed for law enforcement officers. In addition to the requirements of § 23-3-41, the commission, by rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26, shall fix other qualifications for the employment and training of appointed law enforcement officers, including minimum age, education, physical and mental standards, citizenship, good moral character, experience, and such other matters as relate to the competence and reliability of persons to assume and discharge the various responsibilities of law enforcement officers. The commission shall also prescribe the means for presenting evidence of fulfillment of these requirements. Notwithstanding §§ 23A-27-14 and 23A-27-17, any person seeking certification as a law enforcement officer who has received an order pursuant to § 23A-27-13 may have his or her application refused. Notwithstanding §§ 26-7A-105 and 26-7A-106, any person seeking certification as a law enforcement officer who has received an adjudication or disposition pursuant to chapter 26-7A or 26-8C may have his or her application refused if the adjudication or disposition was for a crime which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime under chapter 22-42 that is punishable as a felony, a sex crime as defined in § 22-24B-1, or a crime of violence as defined in subdivision 22-1-2(9).

Source: SL 1970, ch 145, § 5 (c); SL 1992, ch 169, § 3; SL 2004, ch 159, § 1.


2:01:02:01. Minimum standards for employment. A person may be employed or certified as a law enforcement officer only if the person meets the following requirements:

(1) Is a citizen of the United States;

(2) Is at least 21 years of age at time of appointment;
(3) Has fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement officer;
(4) Is of good moral character;
(5) Is a graduate of an accredited high school or has a high school equivalency certificate acceptable to the commission;
(6) Is examined by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner who certifies, on forms prescribed by the commission, that the applicant is able to perform the duties of a law enforcement officer;
(7) Is interviewed in person by the hiring agency or its designated representative before employment. The interview must include questions to determine the applicant’s general suitability for law enforcement service, appearance, personality, temperament, ability to communicate, and other characteristics reasonably necessary to the performance of the duties of a law enforcement officer;
(8) Takes the oath of office as required by SDCL 9-14-7 or 3-1-5. The oath may be taken before the nearest available judge of a court of record;
(9) Has not unlawfully used any prescribed drug, controlled substance, or marijuana within one year before the time of application for certification;
(10) Is eligible to reapply for certification, if the person has for any reason failed to successfully complete the basic law enforcement training program;
(11) Has not had his certification revoked, voluntarily surrendered certification, had an application for certification refused, or been dismissed from the basic training program, unless the commission upon application declares the person eligible for employment or certification; and
(12) Has not become ineligible for employment or certification as a law enforcement officer, as a result of any proceedings involving any revocation, suspension, surrender of, or resignation or dismissal from certification, employment, or training, unless the commission, upon application, declares the person eligible for employment or certification in South Dakota.

Source: SL 1975, ch 16, § 1; 2 SDR 37, effective November 20, 1975; 8 SDR 82, effective January 13, 1982; 11 SDR 135, effective April 14, 1985; 12 SDR 1, effective July 17, 1985; 14 SDR 81, effective December 6, 1987; 25 SDR 34, effective September 16, 1998; 28 SDR 150, effective May 2, 2002; 32 SDR 225, effective June 26, 2006; 42 SDR 19, effective August 13, 2015.

General Authority: SDCL 23-3-35(2).

Law Implemented: SDCL 23-3-35(2), 23-3-42.

Please watch the Miller Press for a formal announcement and for information on how to apply. All applications will be required in writing as well as a personal interview.


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SOUTH DAKOTA SHERIFF’s ASSOCIATION memberships:  This is a legitimate fund raising enterprise from our association to help offset the expense of statewide meetings, scholarships, training sessions and conference presenters.  Please accept this invitation to join as if it were sent directly from us, you local hometown sheriff’s office.  Invitations are sent out in late February through March.  It is completely voluntary and if you choose to not participate, then simply throw it away.  We do not make fund raising phone calls or employ “high pressure” membership drive / fund raising activities.  To learn more about our Honorary memberships, please click here to go to our association website.
The South Dakota Sheriff’s Association has more information available on our Facebook page found by clicking here.  Stop back often! 
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Hand County Sheriffs (from the first to last sheriff, with years of service)
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2011-07-07 – Broken Nose scam  (being reported again in November of 2012)
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The sheriff`s office is open for business during normal courthouse hours.Courthouse hours are 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (Monday through Friday), excluding holidays.  During the non-business hours “on-call” staff members respond to emergencies as needed.  An answering machine on the office line will direct callers to the correct “on-call” person.



I would like to welcome you to the home of the Hand County Sheriff’s Office.  I will make every effort to provide you with useful information about how your sheriff operates your sheriff’s office.  I have and plan to continue to be responsive to the community’s needs and provide you with law enforcement and public safety services which are responsive to community needs.

I welcome your comments so please feel free to send me an email.

Thanks for visiting!

Sheriff Doug DeBoer

Frequently Asked Questions…

Concealed Weapons Applications:

Applications for concealed weapons (handguns permits) are available only during office / courthouse hours.  An applicant must personally appear in the sheriff’s office and provide valid identification and proof of residency prior to making application.

Basic permits are currently $10, Enhanced Permits are $100 and the “Gold Card” permit is $70.  South Dakota permits are honored in several other states.  For a full picture of how the permits are administered, please follow this link for more information.

The process of making an application for a concealed weapons permit takes between 10 and 20 minutes so please plan accordingly.

Accident Records:

The sheriff’s office uses the standardized Department of Public Safety accident report form for the recording of accidents.  Accident records are available upon request to the sheriff’s office for a $4.00 fee, plus sales tax of 6% ($0.24).  The sheriff’s office only has reports for accidents which sheriff’s employees investigate.  If an accident was investigated by another law enforcement agency, you should contact that agency for assistance.

All injury accidents and those with damage exceeding $1000 are transmitted to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, Accident Records Division for recording.  This is an excellent location to retrieve reports, especially if you do not know the agency which led the investigation.  This link will take to the DPS-AR website.

Generally, accidents are processed in 3 days or less.  Accidents with injury generally take from a week to 2 weeks to process and fatal accidents are, with rare exception, investigated by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Accident records are considered public records, open to inspection upon request.

Why call 9-1-1 and for what?When you need help…Dial 9-1-1The sheriff’s office is open during the week from 8am until 5 pm.  After 5 pm an employee is “on call” to assist callers who need assistance.  In all cases, if the call needs “immediate” or “emergency” assistance, the caller should call 9-1-1 before all other numbers.

Hand County 9-1-1 calls are answered by the Huron Police Department.  The Huron Police Department 9-1-1 center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by trained and experienced 9-1-1 operators who have passed the State of South Dakota’s training program.The 9-1-1 operators have the equipment necessary to locate you as a caller whether you are at home on a traditional telephone or whether you are on your wireless / cellular telephone.  This is a great advantage in providing you service since the operator will know (in most cases) where the call is coming from, even if a word is not spoken.

Already in its 10th year of service, 9-1-1 operations have aided in domestic violence situations, ill or injured parties, automobile accidents and fires.

Hand County maintains a radio system which allows the responders, whether firemen, ambulance staff, emergency management or law enforcement, immediate and reliable two-way communications.  All Hand County based agencies (and some in neighboring counties) have access to this “Mutual Aid” radio system and it allows us to communicate directly with each other and with the 9-1-1 operators in Huron.

It is this “instant” communications which allows responders to respond while the call takers / 9-1-1 operators dispatch the proper agencies and equipment.

We strongly encourage people to use 9-1-1 over traditional telephone calls.


Local Warrants

The following link will take you to a PDF file containing the names of people with active warrants in Hand County. It is important to note that all persons listed here are “innocent until proven guilty”.  If you know where one of these suspected offenders is, please notify your local law enforcement agency.  Do not approach the offender as this may pose a serious safety hazard to you and your family. Most warrants found on this list are non-extraditable warrants which means we will not seek execution of the warrant outside of South Dakota.  Information about nonresident offenders is still useful and we’d like to know about it.  Please email us with information about listed offenders who might be out of state.

2012 – State Warrant Files (January 1-published)

2012 – State Warrant Files (July 1 published)

County Commission / Activity Reports by Sheriff DeBoer

The following links will take you to a PDF file containing the month’s information and activity as presented to the County Board of Commissioners.  Much of this data is published in the Miller Press if they are present.  This is the same packet of material that is given to each commissioner, the auditor and the press.  This is a public record.

2014-01 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2014-03 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2014-04 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2014-05 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2014-05 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Reportr1

2014-06 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2014-07 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2014-08 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2014-10 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2014-11 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2014-11 – DOL-Hand County and selected counties Wage Data

2014-12 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2015-03 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2015-05 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Reporta

2015-06 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2015-07 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2015-08 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Reporta

2015-09 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2015-09 – EM Newsletter

2015-10 – EM Newsletter

2015-10 – HCSO (Sheriff Resign NECOG council)

2015-10 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2015-10 – HCSO & EM Report

2015-10 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Reporta

2015-12 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Reporta

2016-02 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

2016-03 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2016-04 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2016-05 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2016-06 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2016-07 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2016-08 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2016-09 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2016-09 – HCSO (Booze Tax Projects)

2016-10 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2016-12 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-01 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-02 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-03 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-05 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-06 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-07 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-08 – HCSO – Activity Summary

2017-09 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-10 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-11 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2017-12 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2018-02 – HCSO Newsletter & CCRa

2018-03 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2018-05 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2018-06 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

2018-08 – HCSO Newsletter & CCR

Common reasons to call 9-1-1:

• Vehicle crashes (injury or non-injury)

• Fire involving any vehicle, building, utility service or public property.

• Fires which the caller believes are “unattended” or dangerous to the public

• Natural Disasters

• Gas leaks or other hazardous materials release

• Injured people

• Objects or animals on the roadway which are hazards to safety

• Crimes which are occurring

• Crimes which were just discovered

• Traffic violations which need immediate attention

• If someone is found dead in their home, car or out in the open

• If you see a tornado or funnel cloud

• If you see someone who needs to have their welfare checked (in real time)

Do not call 9-1-1 for the following:

• To speak to a specific officer or staff member

• To report a pet in your yard

• To check weather or road conditions (that number is 5-1-1)

• To get telephone directory assistance (that number is 4-1-1)

• To locate underground or overhead utilities (that number is 8-1-1)

• To report a crime that is days or weeks old (except death)

• To ask questions which are not immediately necessary?