South Dakota tribes having a hard time recruiting law enforcement

WASHINGTON, D.C.(KELO)- Tribal leaders have states of emergency over runaway crime on the reservations.

Tribes are having a tough time recruiting officers for law enforcement.

Senator Mike Rounds says it’s a long-running problem.

Senator Rounds says state government could play a role in easing the shortage of officers.

Tribal leaders are trying to get a handle on runaway crime rates on the reservations…but they have a shortage of law officers.

Recruiting has been tough, because new officers have to go through months of training, and the nearest tribal training center is in New Mexico.

Senator Rounds says it’s a long-running problem that he dealt with when he was governor.

Governor Kristi Noem has offered similar proposals, but has clashed with tribal leaders.

Three tribes have banned her from entering reservation land.