Get an inside look at law enforcement with the RCPD Citizens’ Police Academy.  The 13-week program exposes participants to a variety of police functions, for a better understanding of how law enforcement operates.

Participants will go behind the scenes to:

  • Drive a police car through an obstacle course
  • Shoot firearms in a range
  • Follow the evidence to work a mock crime scene
  • Tour the Public Safety Building, Pennington County Jail and Juvenile Services Center
  • Meet the SRT (SWAT), K9 Unit, Chief Hedrick, and other RCPD officers
  • And much more!

Who should apply?
The program is great for social workers, counselors, healthcare professionals, teachers, government employees, family members of law enforcement, and anyone interested in learning more about the Rapid City Police Department (that’s you!)

When:  Mid August through November

Cost:  There is no cost to participate, but class size is limited.

Requirements: Participants must live or work in the Rapid City area, be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver's license, fill out an application, and submit to a background check. To apply, fill out the form below.


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