Four new officer-recruits have begun their training with the Rapid City Police Department. The new recruits will be officially sworn in as officers on July 18th.
This recruit class consists of:
- Jack DiPasquale – Originally from Rochester, NY, Officer DiPasquale comes to the RCPD after receiving his degree in Writing Intensive English from Marquette University. He most recently spent time as a Senior English Instructor, teaching on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
- Aaron Kurtenbach – Officer Kurtenbach is a native of North Dakota. Prior to joining the RCPD, Officer Kurtenbach served as a Sergeant with the Williston (ND) Police Department. In his off time, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and travelling.
- Joshua McElroy – Officer McElroy is a graduate of Rapid City’s Central High School. He joins the RCPD after a 20-year career serving active duty in the United States Army. His favorite pastimes include duck hunting and elk hunting.
- Cameron Moser – Also a Central High School Graduate, Officer Moser received his degree in Criminal Justice from Western Dakota Tech. He enjoys riding motorcycles, working on cars/bikes, four-wheeling, and spending time with his family in his off time.
These officers will continue their in-house training at the RCPD. From there, they will leave to attend the 13-week state police academy in Pierre. After graduating from the academy later this year, the new officers will be certified to work in law enforcement in South Dakota. The officers will then be required to complete the RCPD’s Police Officer Field Training Program before receiving a permanent shift assignment for the remainder of their 18-month probationary period.