Sioux Falls Police ‘Report to Work’ stations will be called P.R.E.C.I.N.C.T.S but they are NOT Precincts

The city of Sioux Falls has come up with a clever name for these stations, P.R.E.C.I.N.C.T.S, short for Police REquired Check IN Community Time Stamps. But the Police Chief and Mayor want us to know they are NOT precincts;

Mayor Paul TenHaken is quick to emphasize that these report-to-work stations are not police precincts, which he opposed in the mayoral race earlier this year.  Instead, officers would report to an office at a busy area of the city and receive their daily briefing before heading off on their beat.

Remember, the city doesn’t want you to confuse P.R.E.C.I.N.C.T.S with Precincts. They are different.


#1 JKC on 07.12.18 at 7:35 pm

Nixon had a “secret plan to end the war.” NixonHaken claimed he was going to use “Leadership Teams” to get the job done with no need for precincts. But under Nixon the war spread to Cambodia and Laos and with NixonHaken the doublespeak has apparently spread to a whole new dimension.

I wonder what the War Campus and the FOP think of this latest form of doublespeak? If I was the South Dakota Biotech Association, I would be worried. For they may be the next victim of this doublespeak, or will it be the Argus, or how about the FHA?

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And perhaps, “family time” and “camping” are merely euphemisms, or doublespeak, for “not wanting to do it,” too…..

#2 SD Vet on 07.12.18 at 8:53 pm

All things being equal I am willing leave police business to the experts. KELO said the PD has been looking into this for awhile and the consultant study was underway before the election. Takes the air out of the whole election drama argument. It may get clicks but its not based in reality.

#3 l3wis on 07.12.18 at 9:13 pm

So there was a study that shows precincts work, but now we can’t call them that? What reality are you living in?

#4 Interesting on 07.13.18 at 11:50 am

This comparing TenHaken to Nixon is just stupid. He is a F@#king mayor not a corrupt president. If you recall correctly that goon LBJ knew the war was unwinnable and kept on going and he was corrupt as well. Lets just stop with comparing him to Nixon. I would argue Huether was at a minimum corrupt but, he was the worst mayor I can remember having. I don’t recall him being called NixonHuether. I thought several times I saw this comparison in previous comments were in jest but, this is just over the top stop now.

#5 D@ily Spin on 07.13.18 at 12:02 pm

Anything that keeps police patrols circulating throughout the city. As the city grows, several substations could be necessary. Meanwhile, why not the fire station stops? Fire stations are located for quick response. This can improve police presence and response. Kudos to Tenny for implementing a Jolene idea. It’s refreshing to see Huether ego gone from the mayor’s office.

#6 JKC on 07.13.18 at 3:51 pm


I bet Nixon’s ‘Plumbers’ had a “tool bag,” too, however.

And what is meant by bringing LBJ into this? Does LBJHaken sound better to you? And trust me, people had names for our former mayor, too.

Oh, and the honeymoon was lost, in my opinion, when he started going “camping.”

And when is the AG going to hold an other press conference concerning those subpoenas which haven’t been answer too, yet? Or, doesn’t that matter now that the election is over?….

Say, speaking of elections, wasn’t it Nixon and his operatives who did everything to tank the Paris Peace Talks in ’68 to influence the election…. You know, it’s kind of like holding a press conference just before an election to claim that an “unsuccessful hack” isn’t a crime (Haven’t they ever heard of a conspiracy to commit a crime?) …. And that is definitely Nixonian, if you ask me….

#7 BarryIomi on 07.13.18 at 4:45 pm

Freaking hilarious comparing and contrasting LBJ and a mayor of a “nobody gives a crap” midwest city like Sioux Falls. Face the facts, Sioux Falls always will elect a conservative to power. If you think differently or expect a landslide change in the politic you aren’t accepting reality. The former Mayor was a Democrat remember? What did he do for you besides bond the hell out of the city? Wake the F up you fool.

#8 matt johnson on 07.13.18 at 5:09 pm

In the famous words of another president (perhaps paraphrasing) it depends on what the meaning of the word is is- you want to bring in Nixon, and any other republican but don’t want to talk about failed democrats; are you suggesting that the mayor was lying about camping? frankly I don’t care if he never goes to a pride meeting, but I will go when you tell me you are supporting pro-life rallies- those aborted babies do not even have a chance at life- maybe they would have enjoyed just being alive let alone going to a park on a summer day

#9 anominous on 07.13.18 at 10:15 pm

they won’t call them precincts cuz they don’t want bob litz to get more confused.

#10 The Guy from Guernsey on 07.14.18 at 9:00 am

About chief law enforcement and Justice personnel becoming involved in campaigns:
Marty Jackley is to PT[N]H as John Mitchell was to Richard Nixon.

#11 The Guy from Guernsey on 07.14.18 at 9:10 am

In the seedy underbelly which is electoral politics (even in sleepy South Dakota), PTH has the distinction to represent both operative (digital goon work [doxxing] for Rounds campaign = G. Gordon Liddy) and politician elected to office (Nixon).

#12 The Guy from Guernsey on 07.14.18 at 9:21 am

Yes “Interesting”, it may be a stretch to compare “a F@#king mayor” with a “corrupt president”.
In recognition of PTH’s technical and professional proficiencies and accomplishments (he is a damn good cyber spook), might “LiddyHaken” be a more appropriate nom de plume?

#13 JKC on 07.14.18 at 12:04 pm

Matt, I would agree that there have been some failed Democratic presidents, especially in the 19th century; but Nixon is a much better and easier comparison.

And as far as your tangent comment about abortion, just how many miscarriage funerals have you gone to in your life time?

Oh, and Barry, our former mayor was a Democrat in name only. And if people would vote in a mayoral race to the degree that they vote in a presidential race in this town, then I think our leadership would be more progressive. It’s about GOTV and not “reality.” Although, it might be about the “reality” of GOTV itself, however….

And why can’t we compare mayors to presidents? In fact, our former mayor wants to be president some day; and, by the way, my wife is beautiful, too, and I call her Audrey Hepburn all the time, what’s wrong with that?

#14 Warren Phear on 07.14.18 at 2:29 pm

Matt. Roe v Wade. Your parties bridge too far. You will get your partisan judge. But, in the process, you will lose in the end. Mark it down.

#15 matt johnson on 07.15.18 at 7:06 am

hardly a tangent jkc; those aborted fetuses would have been lives as much as anyone who shows up at your pride festival; also remind me again what a great job the peanut farmer did

#16 JKC on 07.15.18 at 4:01 pm

Matt, are you talking about George Washington Carver or Jimmy Carter? If you are talking about Jimmy, well, he did appoint Volcker to the Fed, then Volcker killed inflation, and Reagan reappointed Volcker too, then the economy took off under Reagan due to Volcker’s anti-inflationary policies and deregulation (not the Kemp-Roth tax cuts) until Reagan’s deregulation led us to a stock market crash…. Or, am I mistaken, did you really want to talk about Carver, not Carter?…. Anyhow, Carter’s only real mistake was that he didn’t send enough helicopters into Iran, or he should have gone with what he had left into Tehran… I have often wondered about the country we would be living in today if it hadn’t been for the helicopter incident. Who would have ever thought that our fate rested so much in a desert scene in Iran almost some forty years ago to today?….

Oh, and whenever a conservative turns any debate into a debate about abortion, well, it is analogous to an old TV western where the guy going down tries to fire off one last shot….