August 11, 2016

Assistant Chief Don Hedrick recognized by International Association of Chiefs of Police

RCPD Assistant Chief of Police Don Hedrick RCPD Assistant Chief of Police Don Hedrick RCPD Photo

The Rapid City Police Department is proud to announce Assistant Chief Don Hedrick has been selected as one of the IACP’s ’40 Under 40.’

The IACP’s 40 Under 40 Award was developed to recognize 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world that demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession. These awardees represent all levels of law enforcement agencies, including state, local, university, military, and federal.

According to the IACP, each winner was chosen for his or her demonstration of strong values and commitment to the law enforcement field and to the communities they serve. They lead by example by providing training for others, serving as a role models, providing mentorship, developing effective methodologies for their agencies, and taking advantage of every opportunity to build up those around them. They go beyond their position and role in the law enforcement field to improve their communities in an effort to make it a better place for the public and future generations. 

“Assistant Chief Don Hedrick has led an exemplary career in his time with the RCPD,” said Chief of Police Karl Jegeris. “When I first heard that the IACP was seeking nomination for this award, I knew Assistant Chief Hedrick’s many accomplishments with our agency would be an easy sell.  As second-in-command of the RCPD, he continues to serve this community with the highest level from professionalism and dedication to the continued safety of our citizens.”

After obtaining his Criminal Justice degree from Dakota Wesleyan University, Hedrick began his law enforcement career with the RCPD in 2002. Hedrick has since risen through the ranks of the department, executing ancillary duties in the Special Response Team and the instruction of defensive tactics, Tasers, and fitness. Hedrick obtained a Master’s Degree in Administrative Studies in 2008. In 2014, he graduated the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

The 2016 IACP 40 Under 40 Award winners will be highlighted in the September issue of Police Chief Magazine and will be honored at the 2016 IACP Annual Award Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California.

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