Welcome to the Yankton Police Department, Yankton, South Dakota. Yankton is located in the southeastern corner of South Dakota right on the Missouri River and is known as the "Mother City of the Dakota's" being one of the first established cities in the Dakota Territories.
Yankton is a city of 14,454 and boasts a police department of 39 members (including two canines). The structure of our department consists of a Chief of Police, three Lieutenants, 3 Detectives, 3 Sergeants, 14 Sworn Officers, 2 Canines, 9 Communications Officers, Animal Control Officer and 2 members of Support Services.
The Yankton Police Department is proud to admit to still being a "mother city" in many aspects of Law Enforcement. We are one of the first and only cities in this area to have an active "Amber Alert System" in place. We are also, one of a handful of cities in the area to have canine units trained not only in drug detection but also in search and apprehension. The Yankton Police Department is a pro-active department and involved with extensive training not only for members of the department but also for members of our community. We are involved with the DARE Program, The McGruff Program, ShoCap, Safety Town, and various other programs for educating our children and adult members of our community.
The department is based out of the Yankton County Courts and Safety Center building, 410 Walnut Street. The building handles all of the divisions of the department.