Mitchell Police Department

  • Agency: Mitchell Police Department
  • Address: 201 W 1st Ave, Mitchell, 57301 SD
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Phone: 605-995-8400
Fax: 605-995-8486
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Mitchell Police Department is located at 201 W 1st Ave, Mitchell, 57301 SD. The Mitchell Police Department phone number is 605-995-8400.

Mitchell Police Department News

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS Children Safety Halloween is a fun day to dress up and collect candy. For parents, it can be scary. Keep your kids safe this Halloween with these tips. Provide flashlights for everyone trick or treating. PUT NEW BATTERIES IN YOUR FLASHLIGHTS Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street. To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween Safety Tips, including do's and don'ts: •A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds •If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you •Agree on a specific time children should return home •Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home or car •Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends •Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home •All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant •Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision •If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks •When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first •Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation Safety Tips for Motorists •Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs •Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully •At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing •Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

The Mitchell Police Department would like to welcome our two newest officers David Sarne and William Lutjen to the force. Officers Sarne and Lutjen were sworn in today by the Honorable Judge Bucher. Officer Sarne joins us with 6 years law enforcement experiance and Officer Lutjen with 1 year law enforcement experiance.

Robbery, Mitchell South Dakota On Sunday October 21, 2018 at approx. 12:23 a.m., The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a report of an armed robbery that occurred in the parking lot of The I90 Travel Center Truck Stop located at 1821 S. Burr St. in Mitchell, S.D. During this incident, it appears that a male subject on foot, approached another person who was standing by a semi truck in the South parking lot. The suspect approached the man and demanded money. The suspect threatened the person with a handgun. It is believed that the suspect then ran away to The East immediately after the robbery. Less than $200 cash stolen from the victim. The suspect was described as being a white male, in his mid 20’S, approx. 6’ 2” tall, approx. 170-190 lbs. with a slender build, having a long, slender face with a wide Goatee that was approx. 2-3” long, and having dark colored long (waist level) hair. The suspect was wearing all black colored clothing and had a tight fitting jacket. The suspect was reported to have been armed with a black colored handgun. Nobody was injured during this incident. This is an ongoing investigation. If you have any information regarding this incident, contact The Mitchell Police Department at ph. 605 995-8400 or Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at ph. 605 996-1700.

Arson Arrest On 10-10-18 at approximately 1808 hours the Mitchell Fire Department and Mitchell Police Department responded to an apartment fire at 1001 S. Burr #248, Mitchell SD. Upon initial investigation, the fire appeared to be suspicious in nature. The renter of the apartment, Harry Kirkvold (DOB 5-12-54), was interviewed in regards to the nature of the fire. Kirkvold was interviewed at the Police Department. Kirkvold said that he was involved in an ongoing feud with his next door neighbor. Kirkvold admitted that he had used gasoline to start the fire in his apartment in an attempt to make it look like his neighbor had started the fire. Kirkvold was arrested for 1st Degree Arson, SDCL 22-33-9.1 a Class 2 felony. No one was injured in the fire. There was significant damage to Kirkvold’s room as a result of the fire. No other rooms appeared to have been damaged as a result of the fire. A class 2 felony is punishable by up to 25 years imprisonment and a $50,000 in fines. Agencies assisting in the fire investigation where the Mitchell Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshall’s office and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

Mitchell SD Middle School incident update. At this time, it appears that the social media post that had been reported to the Mitchell Middle School staff was not intended as a threat. The juveniles involved appear to have posted it as a joke and had not considered the consequences of their actions. There is no evidence to indicate that there was ever any threat or danger to any of the school staff or students in this incident.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. One easy way to participate is to wear purple on “Purple Thursday”, 10/18. Purple is the color for Domestic Violence Awareness and by wearing purple on October 18, you can help us spread awareness. For many, home serves as a place of love, warmth, and comfort. It's a platform where we can break away from the ebbs and flows of the real world to relax, rest and recover. The reality, unfortunately, is that the home can be the furthest thing from a sanctuary. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that annually, 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of domestic violence. What the police can do – - Provide information about your options including specific safety suggestions and referrals - Provide tangible help like connecting you with a victim’s advocate, or help locate assistance in getting a protective order - Arrest or charge the abuser The Mitchell Police Department is committed to building strong, collaborative relationships to ensure that the survivors’ safety and dignity are enhanced.

STREET CLOSURE There will be no parking on Main Street this Saturday September 22nd from Railroad Ave.to 7th St beginning @ 3:00am for a car show.

UPDATE. THE JUVENILE HAS BEEN LOCATED. Missing juvenile The Davison County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a 9 years of age, Eastin Dorr. Dorr was last seen around 5:00 pm on 09/12/2018 near 245 St. and 402 Av. in northern Davison County. Dorr was last seen wearing a tan t-shirt, brown shorts and socks. Dorr is described as 5'1", 120 lbs., brown hair. Dorr is autistic and non-verbal. Anyone with information on this case should call the Davison County Sheriff's Office at 605-995-8630 or 911. We will update as information becomes available.

As you go about your morning today please take a moment to remember the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives 17 years ago. Never forget.

As with every other scam the grandparent scam is going around again. Statistics show that seniors are targeted more than other age groups for identity theft scams. Here’s what you need to know about the “Grandparent Scam”

Call before you post. If you feel that, you have been the victim of a crime or have witnessed a crime call and report it to law enforcement first before posting about it on social media. Simply posting activity like this to social media and not contacting law enforcement only delays the response and investigation of crimes, as sometimes days may pass before someone brings the social media posting to the attention of law enforcement. It could create a dangerous situation or cause unneeded rumor and inaccuracy to be spread.

08-31-18 Attempted Armed Robbery Mitchell SD We have added a few photos from the bank that we received. The Mitchell Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify the subject involved in this incident. The photo shown is a still from security video that is available at the time of this release. We are actively following up on information and collecting other video from the area. We will be updating as information develops that can be relayed. On Friday August 31, 2018 at approx. 5:57 a.m. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a report of an attempted armed robbery that occurred at Wells Fargo automatic teller machine located at at 403 N. Lawler St. in Mitchell, S.D. During this incident, it appears that a male subject on foot, approached a person who was inside a vehicle near the A.T.M. The suspect walked from the South and approached the person in the vehicle. The suspect demanded money and threatened the person in the vehicle with a handgun. The suspect than ran away to the North along the alleyway, and ran to 5th Avenue. The suspect then ran to the West (toward Main Street) after he got to 5th Avenue. At this time, it is not known where the suspect went after that. The suspect was described as a male, approx. 5’ 9” tall, slender to medium build with dark skin, who was wearing a white, yellow or cream colored long sleeved shirt with a “Tribal diagram” on the back of the shirt, black pants and a pull over type ski mask and black shoes. The suspect was reported to have been armed with what appears to be a black, small caliber handgun. Nobody was injured during this incident. No money or other property was taken from the victim during this incident. The suspect was described as having a distinct “Puerto Rican” accent. If you have any information regarding this incident, contact The Mitchell Police Department at ph. 605 995-8400 or Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at ph. 605 996-1700.

2018 CITIZENS ACADEMY WE HAVE A FEW SEATS AVAILABLE!! ACCEPTING CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY APPLICATIONS UNTIL MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD The Mitchell Department of Public Safety will be conducting the Fall 2018 Citizens' Police Academy starting September 6th. The academy is designed to familiarize those who live, work or attend school in the City of Mitchell with the Police Department. This will be accomplished through weekly instruction in the what, where, why, and how of police operation. Various officers and personnel from the department speak on their areas of expertise. This program benefits the community in several ways: 1. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the Police Department, a heightened awareness of personal safety issues and the establishment of a line of communication between the community and the Police Department. 2. This program helps the Police Department become aware of the feeling and concerns of the community, which helps the Police Department plan future programs and services. 3. Open communication and an enhanced relationship between the Police and the Community are desirable and beneficial. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. They must live, work or attend school in Mitchell. Participants must not have any felony convictions. Those with convictions other than minor traffic offenses will be considered for admission to the Citizens’ Police Academy on a “case by case” basis. Participants will be chosen at the discretion of the Crime Prevention Unit and Chief of Police after a records and/or references check. What subjects are covered? - Firearms and Taser - Alcohol and Mental Health Awareness - Evidence Collection and Crime Scene Investigations - Recruitment and Training - Patrol Techniques - Crash Investigations - Drug Investigations - Identity Theft - Communications Division - Search & Seizure/Laws of Arrest - Special Operations Participants meet for three hours one night per week, for 10 weeks, to learn about different aspects of the department. In addition, the participant will be offered the opportunity to go on a "Ride Along" with a Mitchell Police Officer. There is no test or homework. There is no fee for attending the Citizens Academy; however, class size is limited to the first 20 approved applicants. The deadline for registration is September 3rd, 2018. Contact the Mitchell Police to pick up an application at 201 West 1st Ave, or go to the City of Mitchell web site at http://www.cityofmitchell.org/203/Forms-Permits and click the Citizens Academy Application and complete it. You will receive a confirmation email after your submission of the form. You may also contact Assistant Chief Michael Koster at 995-8400 for more information.

Dakotafest 2018 begins tomorrow and runs through this Thursday. Expect delays if traveling in the South Burr area due to the road construction. Follow the suggested map for the easiest way to the Dakotafest grounds. Best route is to travel 256th east to 411th and then north to the Dakotafest grounds.

The Mitchell Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying this subject who passed several counterfeit $50 bills in Mitchell on 08-15-18. Also if any retailers do find that they have accepted counterfeit bills from this subject contact the Mitchell Police Department at 605-995-8400.

On Friday, August 10, 2018 at approx. 10:25 a. m. an adult female reported that on the night of Thursday August 9, 2018 two male subjects approached her outside her residence on the 1400 block of Mitchell Blvd. in Mitchell. The female said that the male subjects both assaulted her and then ran away. The subjects were described as being in their 20’s. One of the subjects was reported to have a small, unknown tattoo on one of his forearms. The female had several, non-life threatening injuries at the time of the report. This incident is currently under investigation. No other like incidents have been reported to the Mitchell Police Division. No further information can be released at this time.

Logan Sapp is in custody. We want to thank everyone who contacted us with leads.

RUNAWAY UPDATE We are pleased to say that Jacquline has been located in Mitchell SD by officers and she is fine.

Street Closures The following street and parking lot closures will be in effect on Thursday, August 2nd for the Palace City Pre-Sturgis Party: -Main Street from 5th to 7th beginning at 3:00am to 11:00pm - 5th & Main Parking Lot & the old Northwestern Parking Lot beginning at 3:00am to 11:00pm -Main Street from 4th to 5th and ½ block east and west on 5th from 12:00pm to 11:00pm Cars not removed from these areas will be subject to ticket and tow.

Update Officers have been diligently following up on the social media post from 07-27-2018 at 1104pm that came to our attention of two males that were following children in Mitchell SD. The original social media poster would not meet with officers personally but spoke by phone. At this time we are unable to substantiate the information in the social media post. Officers received conflicting information from the reporting party from what was posted in social media. We will continue to follow up on information related to this social media post but it can not be substantiated at this time. As always if anyone witnesses suspicious activity call us at 605-995-8400 or 911 immediately.

Alcohol Compliance Checks Conducted 4 Failures On 07-24-18 the South Central Alcohol Task Force conducted 17 alcohol compliance checks in the city of Mitchell and in Davison County. The following establishments were checked and passed: Mitchell – American Legion, The Back 40, Cornerstone Too, Shopko, Thirsty’s, Village Bowl . Lucky Lady II Casino, Lakeview Golf Course, Marlin’s Family Restaurant, Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse, Cubby’s (1000 S. Burr St.), Hideout Casino, Corn Palace Shrine Club. Davison County – Wild Oak Golf Course. There were four failures during the alcohol compliance checks and they occurred at Big Dummy’s, County Fair Food Store, El Columpio, and Marco’s Pizza, which are all located in Mitchell. In all four instances, the clerks did not check the Confidential Informants identification and still made the sale of alcohol. This is Big Dummy’s, County Fair Food Store, El Columpio, and Marco’s Pizza first failure within a 24-month period.

MISSOULA, Mont. — The United States Postal Service will release its forever stamp honoring first responders at a dedication ceremony on Sept. 13, 2018. The stamp, which features three first responders racing into action, was designed to recognize "all first responders for their skill, dedication and uncommon bravery," USPS wrote in a news release. The stamp includes, from left to right, a firefighter carrying an axe, an EMS worker, with the EMS Star of Life visible on her cap, upper arm and emergency bag, and a law enforcement officer shining a flashlight. The dedication ceremony will held at the Montana Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center in Missoula, Montana. The stamp was designed by artist Brian Stauffer, who worked with art director and designer Antonio Alcalá, and designer Ricky Altizer.

ACCEPTING CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY APPLICATIONS NOW The Mitchell Department of Public Safety will be conducting the Fall 2018 Citizens' Police Academy starting September 6th. The academy is designed to familiarize those who live, work or attend school in the City of Mitchell with the Police Department. This will be accomplished through weekly instruction in the what, where, why, and how of police operation. Various officers and personnel from the department speak on their areas of expertise. This program benefits the community in several ways: 1. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the Police Department, a heightened awareness of personal safety issues and the establishment of a line of communication between the community and the Police Department. 2. This program helps the Police Department become aware of the feeling and concerns of the community, which helps the Police Department plan future programs and services. 3. Open communication and an enhanced relationship between the Police and the Community are desirable and beneficial. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. They must live, work or attend school in Mitchell. Participants must not have any felony convictions. Those with convictions other than minor traffic offenses will be considered for admission to the Citizens’ Police Academy on a “case by case” basis. Participants will be chosen at the discretion of the Crime Prevention Unit and Chief of Police after a records and/or references check. What subjects are covered? - Firearms and Taser - Alcohol and Mental Health Awareness - Evidence Collection and Crime Scene Investigations - Recruitment and Training - Patrol Techniques - Crash Investigations - Drug Investigations - Identity Theft - Communications Division - Search & Seizure/Laws of Arrest - Special Operations Participants meet for three hours one night per week, for 10 weeks, to learn about different aspects of the department. In addition, the participant will be offered the opportunity to go on a "Ride Along" with a Mitchell Police Officer. There is no test or homework. There is no fee for attending the Citizens Academy; however, class size is limited to the first 20 approved applicants. The deadline for registration is August 31st, 2018. Contact the Mitchell Police to pick up an application at 201 West 1st Ave, or go to the City of Mitchell web site at http://www.cityofmitchell.org/203/Forms-Permits and click the Citizens Academy Application and complete it. You will receive a confirmation email after your submission of the form. You may also contact Assistant Chief Michael Koster at 995-8400 for more information.

Vehicle burglary / Gun theft Between 7-15-18 at 5:00 P.M and 7-16-18 at 6:50 A.M., unknown individual(s) entered a locked vehicle in the 1400 block of Northridge Rd., Mitchell SD 57301. 2 firearms were stolen during the vehicle burglary. If you have information in relation to this incident, or if you have information regarding suspicious activity in this area at this time, or information relating to any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 996-1700. Remember that you do not have to identify yourself, and a CASH REWARD is available if it leads to the arrest of the subject or subjects involved. There are no caller ID’s attached to this phone line, so you will remain anonymous. To submit a mobile tip, please download the free “P3 Tips” app from the Google Play store or Apple Store. If you do not wish to download the app, you may still submit a mobile tip from any web-enabled device by going to www.p3tips.com. Upon receipt of a tipster’s first incoming message the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing the tipster’s unique tip ID. Anonymous two way communication can then occur between the tipster and Investigators. You can also go to www.mitchellcrimestoppers.org to submit a crime tip by e-mail. Information received through CRIME STOPPERS remains totally anonymous. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s) will be given a CASH REWARD