YO! RCPD Academy

Youth Outreach! The Rapid City Police Department Academy is a 5-week program for area youth ages 16-18 held each spring. The program is designed to educate participants about police work, encourage students to consider careers in law enforcement and motivate students to act as partners in building a safer community. The course is held each spring and covers topics ranging from Police Procedures and Investigations to Forensic Policing and Emergency Response. Students will have an opportunity to drive a patrol car through a challenge course, ride along with a patrol officer on shift, participate in a firearm course, and meet the K-9 Unit, among other activities.Requirements: Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license, pass a background check, have all forms completely, accurately and legibly filled out, written parent permission, and most importantly, have a desire and motivation to be in law enforcement and help in building a safer community.

For more information, contact Officer Matt Almeida at 390-3838 (M-F, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM). He can also be reached by E-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or talk with your School Liaison Officer.

The  pdf RCPD Yo! Academy Application (351 KB)  is available through February 28th, 2019. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on February 26th, 2020.

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