Police/Public Safety


From the Chief's Desk

cheif_boydBoyd VanVooren Police Chief Phone: 605-432-5650

On behalf of the entire staff of the Milbank Police Department, I would like to welcome you to the Milbank area and tell you a little about our department.

The Milbank Police Department is dedicated to the community.  The department consists of six full-time sworn Police Officers and three part-time Officers.  The Milbank PD also has a dedicated reserve officer program that currently has eight officers.

The Milbank Police Department provides 24-hour coverage for the City of Milbank.  Our Department is proud of the fact that we work closely with other agencies including the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the SD Highway Patrol and the SD Division of Criminal Investigation.  We feel the community is better served if all agencies work together.

The Milbank Police Department is here to serve you.  One of our mottos is “To Protect and Serve”, so please don’t hesitate to call us if you need assistance.  You can always reach us at 605-432-5650.  Remember to dial “911” for emergencies.

Milbank is a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family.  The City of Milbank continues to expand and grow.  The Milbank Police Department is committed to working together to make this community the best it can be.  The staff and I pledge to do our jobs to the best of our abilities.

Welcome to Milbank!

Boyd J. VanVooren Chief of Police

Full Time Officers

Chief Boyd VanVooren


Boyd VanVorren

Serving Since 1995




Assistant Chief

Corey Hooth

Serving Since 2002





Ted Bray

Serving Since 2008





Jacob Folk

Serving Since 2011




Part Time Officers

  • Kiel Zinter
  • Carl Bostrom
  • Zachari Meyer
  • Jeremy Steffensen
  • Marlin Snell

Milbank Police Reserve Program

On September 16, 1998 the City of Milbank was given authorization by the South Dakota Law Enforcement Standards and Training Commission to implement a Police Reserve Unit. on June 14, 1999 training was completed by five members of the first Milbank Police Reserve class. Since the inception of the Police Reserve Program, the Milbank Police Department has maintained a current staff of certified reserve officers.A reserve police officer is a volunteer position. Each reserve receives training and instructions set forth by the Law Enforcement Standards and Training Commission. At the completion of training the successful candidate takes his or her oath of office. Each reserve officer is required to work a minimum of eight hours a month and maintain their certification through continuing training and education.

Members of the Milbank Police Reserve Unit augment the staff of full time officers. Reserves are empowered to enforce state and local laws. They work under the supervision of full time officers.

Individuals interested in becoming a police reserve officer can contact the Milbank Police Department for an application and the standards required to be eligible for the reserve program.

If you are interested in joining the Milbank Police Reserve Program, contact Ted Bray or Jacob Folk at (605) 432-5650 or stop at the Milbank Police Station located at 1001 E 4th Ave, Milbank, SD 57252.

Police Reserve Members

  • Kiel Zinter
  • Rodney Thaden
  • Nic Bray
  • Neil Folk
  • Ricky Bolin

The following are ordinances that may be helpful to the general public. Please contact the Milbank Police Department if you have any questions regarding these City Ordinances.


9.32.020 Alcoholic Beverages‑‑Consumption and open containers prohibited in Public places‑‑Penalty

A) No person shall drink or consume any intoxicating liquor or alcoholic beverage, or have in his possession in a public    building or on any street, alleys, sidewalks, parking lots, any package, bottle, glass or other container of intoxicating liquor, beer, or wine, or to mix or blend any    alcoholic beverage with any other beverage, regardless of whether such beverage is an alcoholic beverage, which is not sealed as required by law. This section shall not apply to the premises of a licensed on‑sale dealer where such alcoholic beverage, beer, or wine was purchased from such dealer for on‑sale purposes. For the purpose of this section, a hospital or sanitarium shall not be deemed a public building. B) Any person violating any provisions of this    section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and the penalty for such violation shall be the same as those provided for in Chapter 1.16. (Ord. 451, Sec. 1, 2, 1978).


9.48.010 Firearms and fireworks Prohibited where It is unlawful for any person to, within the corporate limits of the city, or within one mile of said corporate limits, discharge or shoot off any pistol, gun or any other firearm or discharge


10.60.060 Parking prohibited during street maintenance and snow removal Parking upon any street, avenue, alley or city parking lot is prohibited when: 1) Members of the street department are working or preparing to work within a marked area; or 2) Snow of an amount equal to or greater than two inches has fallen until the snow has been removed. Any vehicle which is parked in violation of this section may be towed and impounded in accordance with Chapter 10.52. A parking ticket or citation may be issued to the driver if known, or to the registered owner for a violation of this section. (Ord. 443, Sec. 1, 2, 1977; Ord. 577, Sec. 1, 1992; Ord. 738, Sec. 1, 2007).

10.60.080 Personal property parked in streets It shall be unlawful to place any personal property upon the City’s rights of way for longer than 24 hours, except standard passenger motor vehicles with vehicle lengths of less than twenty-two (22) feet, and except that personal property allowed by permit from the City of Milbank. This ban includes but is not limited to recreational vehicles, unhitched trailers, hitched trailers, snow mobiles and semi tractors and trailers. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense as a misdemeanor and the penalty for such offense shall be the same as those provided for in Chapter 1.16. (Ord. 649, 1997)


9.84.020 Definitions

In this section: (1) Curfew Hours mean: (a) 11:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday until 6:00 a.m. of the following day; and (b) 12:01 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. on any Saturday or Sunday. (2) Emergency means an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. The term includes, but is not limited to, a fire, a natural disaster, an automobile accident, or any situation requiring immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life. (3) Establishment means any privately-owned place of business operated for a profit to which the public is invited, including, but not limited to, any place of amusement or entertainment. (4) Guardian means: (a) A person who, under court order, is the guardian of the person of a minor; or (b) A public or private agency with whom a minor has been placed by a court. (5) Minor means any person under 17 years of age. (6) Operator means any individual, firm, association, partnership, or corporation operation, managing, or conduction any establishment. The term includes the members or partners of an association or partnership and the officers of a corporation. (7) Parent means a person who is: (a) A natural parent, adoptive parent, or step-parent of another person; or (b) At least 18 years of age and authorized by a parents or guardian to have the care and custody of a minor. (8) Public place means any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, highways, and the common area of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, parking lots, transport facilities, and shops. (9) Remain means to: (a) Linger or stay; or (b) Fail to leave premises when requested to do so by a police officer or the owner, operator, or other person in control of the premises. (10) Serious bodily injury means bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. (Ord. 740, 2007)

9.84.030 Offenses. (1) A minor commits an offense if he remains in any public place or on the premises of any establishment within the city during curfew hours. (2) A parent or guardian of a minor commits an offense if he knowingly permits, or by insufficient control allows, the minor to remain in any public place or on the premises of any establishment within the city during curfew hours. (3) The owner, operator, or any employee of an establishment commits an offense if he knowingly allows a minor to remain upon the premises of the establishment during curfew hours. (Ord. 740, 2007)

Disorderly Conduct

9.52.010 Fighting and other Disturbances Prohibited Any person who fights or threatens to fight or commit an assault, or an assault and battery, or uses violent or threatening language or makes any great noise so as to disturb the peace of the city or any lawful assembly of persons or of any neighborhood family, person or persons shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as set forth in Chapter 1.16. (Ord. 387, Sec. 2(part), 1974; Ord. 143,    Sec. 408, 1926).

9.52.030 Crowds on streets It is unlawful for persons to gather in crowds or groups, or for any person to stand on any public street or sidewalk in the city, in such a manner as to obstruct free passage thereon, or to annoy other persons passing along the same, and the chief of police or any policeman is authorized to disperse any crowd or group, or to cause the removal of any person violating the provisions of this section. A person found guilty of this section shall be punished as prescribed in Chapter 1.16. (Ord. 143, Sec. 410, 1926).

9.64.010 Sidewalks Any person who defaces, paints upon, or marks upon, or causes the same to be done upon  any of the sidewalks or public property of the city   without first having procured written consent of the mayor of the city so to do shall, upon conviction   thereof, be punished as set forth in  Chapter 1.16. (Ord. 387, Sec. 2(part), 1974; Ord. 143, Sec. 400, 1926)


8.04.020 License required It shall be unlawful for any person within the city to keep, maintain or have in his custody or under his control any dog or animal of the dog kind or any cat or animal of the cat family without first having obtained a license to do so from the city finance officer as provided in this chapter and without having paid the license fee therefore. (Ord. 538, Sec. 2, 1987; Ord 580, Sec. 2, 1993).

8.04.030 Dog or Cat‑‑At Large It shall be unlawful for any owner to allow any dog or cat to run at large. (Ord. 253, Sec. 3(a), 1954: Ord 580, Sec. 8, 1993; Ord. 629, Sec. 1, 1995)).

8.04.051 Animals disturbing the Peace (a) No person owning and no person keeping, harboring or having on property occupied by him any dog, cat or other animal, licensed or unlicensed, confined on the premises or otherwise, shall suffer or permit such animal to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood by making loud and/or unusual noises, or shall suffer or permit such animal to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood by persistent or constant barking, howling, whining, snarling or growling. (b) Upon complaint being made to the police department that any person owns or is keeping or harboring any animal which disturbs the peace as herein set forth, the police department shall be empowered to immediately take possession of said animal and to impound said animal. The police department shall leave in a conspicuous place notice of said impoundment and the address and phone number of the City pound where the animal is being taken.  The police department shall in addition to the notice left at the place where the animal was taken into possession shall send written notice to the resident of said address or to the owner of the animal, if known. The police department shall further attempt to contact the owner or the person keeping, harboring or having on his property said animal by telephone. Any contact made by the police department shall include the place where the animal is being held and the phone number of the place where the animal is being held. (c) In addition to the impounding of such animal or other   penalties prescribed, the owner of the animal and the   occupant of the property on which the animal is being kept   or harbored during the times that the animal is disturbing   the peace shall be subject to a penalty as prescribed in   Chapter 1.16. (Ord. 253 Sec. 7, 1954; Ord. 390 Sec. (f),   1974: Ord. 580, Sec. 12, 1993).

8.04.055 Number limited per owner It is unlawful for any owner to own, have in his possession, keep or harbor under any circumstances in excess of three dogs and cats, or, in the alternative, two dogs, or, two cats, as defined in this chapter. Not more than one cat may be female, unless cat is spayed provided, however, that if any female dog or cat bears a litter may be held in possession of such owner for a period of time not to exceed two months from their birth. (Ord. 538, Sec. 6, 1987).

8.04.056 Removal of Dog Waste It shall be unlawful for an owner, keeper, caretaker or attendant of a dog or a cat to allow a dog or cat to defecate on public or private property other than his own, unless such owner, keeper, caretaker or attendant of the dog or cat immediately and thoroughly clean the fecal material from such property. Any person accompanied by any animal on public property or private property other than his own must carry with him visible means of cleaning up any fecal matter left by the animal. Service animals and animals used in parades are exempt from the provisions of this section. (Ord. 732, 2007)

Contact the Milbank Police

All emergencies, please dial: 911


Milbank Police Department • 1001 E 4th Ave, Suite 301 • Milbank, SD 57252

Routine Business Phone #'s:

  • (605) 432-5650
  • (605) 432-9575

Grant County Sheriff’s Department / Detention Center: (605) 432-5853

Game Fish & Parks Conservation Office: (605) 432-4601