The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department and other local agencies are featured in a new video posted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), “Practices in Modern Policing: Policing in Small, Rural and Tribal Communities.”
The video offers insights into cooperation among the highway patrol and tribal police and agencies in South Dakota, then profiles the challenges that Kewaunee County authorities face in handling public safety needs with limited resources.
“We don’t have many of the resources that you might see in the more metropolitan larger areas,” Sheriff Matt Joski says in the video. “When somebody’s suffering from an addiction, because they live in a small community doesn’t make it less of an addiction. Domestic violence isn’t less of a tragedy than it is in a large city. In small communities we tend to say oh we’re in a small community, we’re safe, it’s not a big deal. And we need to always remind ourselves, no, things do happen here, there are tragedies here, there are victims here.”
Joski and other officers talk about how police, fire and rescue personnel rely on each other to fill in the gaps when their agencies can’t do it all.
Laura Giddly of Violence Intervention Project and Joski talk about the county’s Community Coordinated Response Team, which brings multiple disciplines together to identify strengths and weaknesses and community needs.
The group is comprised of “anybody involved in responding to needs in the community,” Joski said – chaired by the judge, it includes the sheriff, law enforcement from the different municipalities, human services, Probation & Parole, family court commissioner, clerk of courts, district attorney, “anybody that would be engaged in the systems that we have here locally.”
The IACP produced the video with the help of the Office of Community Oriented Police Services in the U.S. Department of Justice.