Pennington County Sheriff's Office

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office serves over 100,000 citizens spread across Pennington County’s 2,776 square miles.  We also serve a high number of visitors and tourists to our area as Pennington County is home to Mount Rushmore National Monument and Ellsworth Air Force Base. Our Office employs over 400 employees with an annual budget of approximately $30 million.

The Sheriff's Office is divided into the following four divisions:

  • Addiction Services- provides safe places for individuals struggling with the difficulty of addiction. The Care Campus houses the Detox Center, Safe Solutions, and the Crisis Care Center. We also host individuals through various treatment programs in our Residential/Outpatient Treatment facility. We currently have a capacity of about 147 beds.
  • Jail - We are very proud of the fact that our 624 bed jail complies with the national standards set by the American Correctional Association (ACA), which safeguard the life, health and safety of our staff and individuals incarcerated within our jail.
  • Western SD Juvenile Services Center (JSC) - JSC helps our detained youth with programs designed to enable them to make wise decisions for a positive future. JSC is a 6 county compact that is operated by Pennington County. JSC is ACA accredited and has a capacity of 106 beds.
  • Law Enforcement - Whether it’s serving civil papers or warrants, patrolling Pennington County, or investigating crimes, our Law Enforcement Division is always ready to assist Pennington County residents and our many visitors.

At the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office our goal is for each of our staff to be professional and to have a high standard of commitment to our community. We invite you to explore our website and become more familiar with us and the many services provided by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.


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