About the Police Department

Officer Tim Doyle shows off his patrol car to students at Knollwood Elementary
Our Department serves the nearly 80,000 citizens of Rapid City, the citizens of nearby suburban areas, and the estimated 2 million tourists that visit our community and the Black Hills region every year. We are continually working to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the people we serve.
The Rapid City Police Department evolved from its early beginnings in 1882 to a modern, technologically-advanced department. We are one of the most progressive law enforcement agencies in the region, and the only internationally accredited police department in South Dakota. We have been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 1990.
We offer a variety of services, and are especially proud of our proactive programs to keep our community safe, such as the School Liaison Program and our civilian traffic investigators. We also see ourselves as a leader in quality training throughout the region, with outstanding recruit training and Field Officer Training programs to cultivate committed, courteous officers for our department.
Please browse this site to learn more about the department, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest, most up-to-date information about RCPD. We are always interested in sharing information, technology, or even personnel with other law enforcement agencies. In addition, we are always seeking qualified, professional employees and invite interested candidates to inquire about employment opportunities.
Thank you for your interest in the Rapid City Police Department. If we can be of further assistance, feel free to contact us.
Don Hedrick
Chief of Police

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