Pennington County deputies aid officers in North Dakota
The Morton County Sheriff's office has been asking for assistance at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office has responded to that request.
Two teams of six deputies have done a week-long assignment in North Dakota. The latest team returned Oct. 30, and there is not another request to be filled at this time.
Pennington County Sheriff, Kevin Thom says that he was responding to a public safety concern, and the department does not take a stance on the pipeline.
"It was a request for the assistance of public safety to keep the protestors and the community safe," said Thom.
It is not uncommon for Pennington County officers to provide mutual aid to surrounding counties, and in special circumstances like this, state requests.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol has also sent officers to assist Morton County.