September 20, 2014

Sheriff’s Office

 

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HAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

415 West 1st Avenue, Suite 102,

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

Doug DeBoer – Sheriff / Email:  handcosheriff@hotmail.com

Tammy Hofman - Office Manager / Email: dispatch.handcounty@live.com

Nehemia Volquardsen – Emergency Manager /Email:  handcounty.em@live.com

Hot Items:

Miller’s Webcam

DEPUTY SHERIFF OPENING:  The HCSO is taking applications for deputy sheriff.  This is a full time position with benefits.  The South Dakota Law Enforcement Training application is used in conjunction with a county application.  We also require other records which are detailed in the documents found here:

  1. 2014 – Law Enforcement Training Application (This is the “State” application which must be completed and returned, looked for special comments on form)
  2. 2014 Blank Application – Deputy Sheriff  (This is the county’s application which must be completed in addition to the Law Enforcement Training application)
  3. 2014 – Instructions for Deputy Sheriff Applicants (You must read and follow these specific instructions to ensure you are submitting the right materials and support documents)
  4. 2014 Deputy Job Description (You should read this carefully as we are a small agency with limited manpower)

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements listed on first page of the “LET” application.

The closing date for this position has not been decided as the position will remain open until filled.  This position will be “OPEN until filled”.

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scam alert

2014-01-2:  The Pierre Capital Journal reports on a “JURY DUTY SCAM” by clicking here.

FACEBOOK STALKING:  See the Press Release and Instructions on how to submit images by clicking here:  Greg Ryan Exposed.

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MUTUAL AID WEST HAS BEEN MOVED!  We have moved the Mutual Aid West repeater from the tower southeast of Ree Heights to a tower owned by Dr. Cain on 354th Avenue just NW of Camp Dakota.  This tower site is about 240′ shorter then the Ree Heights tower but we hope it will be free of interference and thus improve coverage for a greater number of responders.  We expect to see better coverage for portables in Miller and St. Lawrence, improved portable coverage to the north & south along SD HWY 45 and east on US HWY 14.  Because of shadowing from the earth (hills) we expect reduced coverage in Ree Heights (the closer to the hills) and south into the Green Valley.  Ree Heights responders…please bear with us!  We are trying!

This is an experiment to see if moving the repeater will also move us away from the source of interference which was invading our signals and reducing our coverage in all directions.  This temporary tower location is east of the wind towers and away from the cellular towers, two possible sources of the interference.

During the initial stage of the experiment I will be turning off the EM-EXT / SRC-2 relay which has been in service at the courthouse for several months.  Responders should be using their original MUTUAL AID WEST channel and stop using the relay channel.

I will be monitoring the recordings of the radio traffic and if the signal does / has not improved I will turn it back on.

June 13, 2013

To download a copy of the press release related to the recovery of Leroy Nye, please click: S13-219 – LeRoy Nye (Missing Persons)

A couple of photos are available here: http://sdrv.ms/11eRIHi

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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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Please check us out. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hand-County-Sheriffs-Office-Emergency-Management/160320247363661?ref=hl
Hand County Sheriffs (from the first to last sheriff, with years of service)
Redlight Runners
Miller / Hand County Weather
Listen Live!
2011-07-07 – Broken Nose scam  (being reported again in November of 2012)
NIXLE:  What is Nixle and how it can help you stay informed.
Congratulations go out to former Hand County Sheriff and current Faulk County Sheriff Kurt Hall for being elected by his peers to represent the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association as our 2013 president!
 
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Operations:

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.

Welcome

 

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 hours.  An applicant must appear in the sheriff’s office and provide valid identification and proof of residency prior to making application.

Permits are currently $10 and valid for 4 years.  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.

2012 CC Activity Summary (July)

2012-01 HCSO Newsletter & CC report

2012-02 HCSO Newsletter & CC report

2012-03 HCSO Newsletter & CC report

2012-04 HCSO Newsletter & CC report

2012-05 HCSO Newsletter & CC report

2012-06 HCSO Newsletter & CC report

2012-07 HCSO Newsletter & CC report

2014-01 – HCSO Newsletter and CC Report

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?

Narrow banding frequencies and FCC license data:

    • All three UHF repeaters licensed to Hand County (whether sheriff or highway department) have been converted to narrowband.  A noted decrease in audio volume has been reported.  Some areas also report a reduced coverage pattern.  All users are encouraged to “speak up”!