(Sioux Falls, SD) — In 2020, cities across the U.S. saw spikes in crime, specifically in homicide rates, and crime in Sioux Falls was no exception. There was an increase in violent crimes and slight increase in property crimes in Sioux Falls when comparing 2020 to past years. Despite this increase, crimes in Sioux Falls are solved at a rate that beats the national average. Record, or near record, amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl were seized last year.
Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns says “Sioux Falls remains a safe city and has a police department dedicated to keeping it that way. COVID-19 likely contributed to some of the crime increase, but the correlation between crime and drug abuse cannot be overlooked,” said Police Chief Matt Burns.
Burns said “The new public safety training center will provide a state-of-the-art facility where officers will be trained on how to tackle crime and keep the city a safe place to live.”
Sioux Falls Police have solved every homicide over the last 20 years.