Chief of Police
Chief Steve Allender began his career with the Rapid City Police Department in May of 1985, as a patrol officer. He worked his way through various positions with the agency, and on July 17, 2007, he was appointed Chief of Police.
In addition to his responsibilities as chief of police, he serves on various boards of directors and committees. Chief Allender holds a bachelor’s degree in management and is a graduate of the 219th session of the FBI National Academy.
Members of the Rapid City Police Department are committed to excellence in public safety and are dedicated to the people, traditions and diversity of our city. We will provide community-enhancing services, foster a positive relationship with the community and develop our agency and officers with an emphasis on professionalism, integrity and service.
Our Core Values
Service: Above and Beyond the Call
We will utilize our resources in an effective, efficient manner to achieve a safe environment for residents and visitors.
Community: Personal and Professional Commitment
We will commit to the community and work together to achieve a safe and healthy quality of life.
Integrity: Begins at Home
We will prepare and equip our members through training, education, and both personal and professional development, to be accountable to the citizens they serve and to make sound, ethical decisions.
The Rapid City Police Department was established in 1882 as a result of an Act enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Dakota Territory. Beginning with just one City Marshal, the Police Department has evolved to a current authorized strength of 146 employees, comprised of sworn officers and civilian personnel.
Under the Rapid City Police Department Rules and Procedures, "The Rapid City Police Department shall enforce the ordinances of the City of Rapid City and the laws of the State of South Dakota, and carry out all duties and responsibilities attributed to the Police Department through the Mayor of the City of Rapid City pursuant to the Code of Ordinances of the City of Rapid City, South Dakota, Chapter 23, which derives authority from the Constitution of the State of South Dakota and SDCL 9-29-1 9-29-2 and 9-29-19.”
The Rapid City Police Department is responsible for the preservation of the public peace, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, protection of rights of persons and property, operation and enforcement of the laws and the rules and regulations made in the furtherance thereof.
The primary responsibilities of the Police Department include:
- Response to calls for services by the citizens of the City.
- Resolution of problems, concerns and issues of the citizens of the City as they relate to matters of law enforcement.
- Prevention of crime and delinquency through comprehensive 24-hour police patrol.
- Response for assistance upon request of County and State agencies.
- Maintenance of public order and safety through the arrest of violators of the law.
- Maintenance of orderly traffic flow and the resolution of traffic violations.
- Education of the public in prevention and the requirements of and conformance with the law.
- Maintenance of records and reports of all activities of the agency. Cooperation with other agencies in the analysis of data to plan and coordinate future crime prevention and public safety activities.
The Department provides protection and services for over 50 square miles of densely populated, urban, and suburban areas. Growth in the City has shown a steady increase, reaching nearly 70,000 people. The Department's call load reflects the city's growth, responding to more than 139,000 calls for service (both citizen-initiated and officer-initiated) in 2012.
Rapid City Police Department
300 Kansas City St, Suite 200, Rapid City, SD 57701-2890
Non-Emergency: 605-394-4131 Emergency: 911
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