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Pennington Co. warrant officers say they have a dangerous job


To Pennington County sheriff's deputies Thad Mason and Aaron Pritzkau, it's a game of hide and seek.  

"They know you're looking for them (wanted felons), and when you do find them, you beat them at their own game," said Mason. 

Typical of an given day, the officers serve felony warrants.  But before they hit the street, they do research and a little recon on the accused.  Then, they approach the home with caution.  

"We try to sneak up on the residence as quietly as possible," said Prizkau.

Often times, the game ends quietly. 

"Some days it's 100 percent sitting and watching and no action.   It's hit and miss," added Prizkau. 

Other times, a seemingly simple or minor crime can lead to more.  

"When we went to this residence, we were just going to serve an out-of-county warrant, assisting Jackson County with a burglary warrant.   We got inside, and it ended up being drugs, and people obviously didn't want to get arrested or get caught with drugs. So, it kind of got tense for a few seconds.   But you know, you never know what you're getting yourself into," said Prizkau.

That's why this duo is trained to treat every warrant with the same level of caution.  

"You always look for the threat, you always keep in the back of your mind that something can go wrong.   That just part of the job," said Prizkau.

Pennington County receives and clears approximately 6,000 warrants a year.  That includes warrants through the Rapid City Police Department and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

There are four officers at the sheriff's office dedicated solely to serving warrants.

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