The Rapid City Police Department engages in community policing, a values-based approach that plainly holds law enforcement, public order maintenance, and public safety as the responsibility of every good citizen, not just the police. Crime is not just a police problem; it is a community problem.
Sir Robert Peel, the Father of Modern Policing, said it best when he stated that the police are the community and the community is the police. The Rapid City Police Department's philosophy therefore considers the citizens of our community as true partners in identifying, prioritizing, and resolving the social and criminal problems that fall within the domain of policing.
The Rapid City Police Department pledges to its citizens that our officers will earnestly strive to be the most competent, committed and courteous officers in the world.