DCI Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Division of Criminal Investigation celebrated 75 years of law enforcement service for the state yesterday with a Community Open House at the Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre. Visitors were offered the chance to take part in walking tours-to view various displays and rooms in the justice center. DCI was placed under the authority of the Attorney General’s Office in 1937. The agency was formerly known as the Division of Identification. Director Bryan Gortmaker says that several former investigators attended the open house yesterday, and it was a chance to look back at how law enforcement has changed over the years.

The DCI has been housed at the Criminal Justice Center north of Pierre since 2005. Gortmaker says being in the same location as the forensic lab and other related agencies has been beneficial.

DCI oversees about 120 employees. Special agents located at 15 field offices and four regions throughout the state help local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors as they investigate major crimes.

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