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When Connie Red Nest and Ernie Evans were found dead under a bridge in Rapid City last week (they had presumably died of hypothermia) a community mourned.

But it's a community divided by the ongoing challenge of homelessness and, furthermore, by the elusive solutions. As temperatures drop, some members of the Rapid City community have banded together to provide warming centers for people with no place to go.

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The Rapid City Police Department, working in conjunction with Rapid City Collective Impact, has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The funds are slated for the development of a Rapid City Police Department Quality of Life Unit.

We welcome RCPD Assistant Chief Don Hedrick.

RCPD Seeking Public Input On Body Camera Policy

Dec 7, 2017
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The Rapid City Police department is seeking public input on its proposed body worn camera policy.

The RCPD and Pennington County Sheriff’s department were awarded at $300,000 matching grant to implement the program.

The five page policy report takes about ten minutes to read.

It’s the culmination of 5 years of research into implementing a body worn camera policy for Rapid City and Pennington County law enforcement.

Jennie Clabo is the technology and records manager with Rapid City police.

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Police officers for both the Pennington County Sheriff's Office and Rapid City Police Department will soon start wear body cameras.

The two departments were awarded a $300,000 matching grant by the US Department of Justice.

Both the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office applied for a grant to purchase body-worn cameras for all officers and deputies on patrol.

The departments were considering body cameras for the last five years. Prior to the grant, the Rapid City Police Department’s Community Advisory Committee endorsed the decision.

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Law enforcement officials in Rapid City say a local woman who was last seen in October 2016 is most likely deceased.

The Rapid City Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information regarding the disappearance of 21-year-old Larissa Lonehill.

At a press conference April 11, Larissa Lonehill's mother, Lisa, pleaded for the public’s help in finding her daughter.

RCPD Seeks Help In Solving Kidnapping Case

Dec 15, 2016
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The Rapid City Police Department is investigating the kidnapping of two adult male subjects by two unknown males.

On Saturday, December third, the two victims were exiting a gas station on the North Side of Rapid City, when police say they were threatened with guns by the subjects who got into the backseat of the victims vehicle. RCPD say the two subjects ordered the driver to head north.

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UPDATE:   A criminal charge against a SkyWest Airlines pilot accused of being under the influence of alcohol before a flight at a South Dakota airport has been dismissed.

The Pennington County State's Attorney’s office filed for dismissal of the case because blood drawn from the pilot hours after a preliminary breath test showed no measurable alcohol in his system.

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So far, the data shows South Dakota has largely been immune to the opioid drug abuse epidemic affecting other areas of the country.  In 2014, only one death resulted from a heroin overdose in the state.

Now, law enforcement officials in Rapid City and Sioux Falls are reporting an increase in heroin and other opioid drug use.  Since the start of 2016, at least ten South Dakotans have died from opioid overdoses.

Meth, according to Sgt. Dale McCabe, is a drug without barriers. McCabe has worked with the Rapid City Police Department since 1990, overseeing all violent crime cases the past eight years. Rapid City has seen a record number of homicide and violent crime cases in 2015, directly connected with increased illegal drug use. McCabe joined Dakota Midday to discuss meth, criminal justice reform, and how to the cycle of meth addiction and crime through deterrence, education and prevention.

Charles Michael Ray

The shootings in Dallas where 5 police officers died and many others were injured have sparked conversations about tension between citizens and law enforcement. What does it all mean for South Dakota?

Dakota Midday is joined by Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris, community advisory board member Vaughn Vargas and Officer Tim Doyle. Doyle was severely injured after responding to a routine call of people drinking alcohol in a park. Two of Doyle’s fellow officers were killed in the shooting.

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People who don’t pay attention while driving in Sioux Falls are now more likely to be pulled over. City officials are teaming up with the police department on a campaign to curb distracted driving. State law bans texting while behind the wheel across South Dakota. Now Sioux Falls leaders are looking beyond cell phones.

Police Urge Sober Driving During Holidays

Dec 31, 2015
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Law enforcement reminds people around the state to drive sober as 2015 comes to an end.

So far this year Rapid City has had 870 driving under the influence arrests.  Brendyn Medina is the Public Information Officer for the Rapid City Police Department. He says the number of DUIs per year tend to fluctuate.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

A researcher from USD spent 18 months studying dynamics between the Rapid City Police Department and indigenous community members. Tuesday night he presented his findings to a full auditorium of city residents. Results show that the Native population is larger than census figures would have it, and there are arrest factors that have skewed the statistics.

Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris began his career in 1995 as a patrol officer.  He worked his way through various positions and on June 23, 2014 he was sworn in as Chief of Police.  Chief Jegeris holds a bachelor's degree in law enforcement from Mankato State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns began his career with the department in July of 1996.  He served as a Patrol Officer, Fraud Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and Assistant Chief. He took over last month as Chief of Police. 

Victoria Wicks

The Rapid City Police Department now has a cultural advisor on staff to research issues and develop ways of addressing them. Twenty-nine-year-old Vaughn Vargas is now in the process of working with the community to identify an advisory committee to help the PD in navigating race relations.

South Dakotans Continue To Drink And Drive

Jan 18, 2015
Amy Varland

Despite sobriety checkpoints, anti-drinking and driving campaigns, and hundreds of alcohol-related fatalities, law enforcement officials say people in the state continue to operate motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.

Officials say planning ahead can help keep South Dakota roads safe and help motorists keep their driving records clean.

 

30-year-old Alan Locke was fatally shot by Rapid City police officer Anthony Meirose over the weekend. Police reports indicate that Locke came at the officer with a knife. SDPB’s Amy Varland looks at what protocol officers follow after being involved in a shooting.
 
 

Police Officer Uses Lethal Force In Rapid City

Dec 23, 2014

30 year-old Allen Locke was shot by Rapid City Police Officer Anthony Meirose over the weekend.
 
Police reports say Locke had a knife and charged at the officer.
 
Rapid City Police Captain Dan Rud says law enforcement officers use many manners of force throughout their careers including tackling fleeing suspects and tazing some that are resisting arrest.
 
But he says Rapid City police officers are instructed to use lethal force only if their life or the life of a third party is in jeopardy.

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Studies are underway in Rapid City looking into the interactions between the city’s police department and the Native American community. As a part of that research, the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a public briefing on Wednesday on the administration of criminal justice in Rapid City at the United Tribes Technical College-Black Hills Learning Center. The committee will hear testimony concerning the administration of justice and its impact on Native Americans and other minorities, their families and the Rapid City community.

RC Mayor Picks Jegeris As New Chief

Jun 19, 2014

Mayor Sam Kooiker appointed Interim Police Chief Karl Jegeris as the new Rapid City Chief of Police Wednesday. Kooiker’s first choice, Police Lieutenant Elias Diaz, failed to achieve confirmation by the city council. Interim Chief Jegeris says the past three weeks have been rigorous but he’s optimistic about the future.

Erik Bringswhite grew up living with his grandmother in north Rapid City. He witnessed the gang lifestyle early on and embraced it. He later wound up doing federal time for gun charges - not once but twice. 

Rapid City Police Tweet-A-Long

Sep 27, 2012


The Rapid City Police Department is giving the public an inside look at what a patrol shift is really like.  Law enforcement officials created what they are calling a virtual ride-a-long.  This is where an official with the police department rides along with an officer during a shift and posts live updates via Twitter. 
 

Tarah Heupel is the Information Officer for the Rapid City Police Department.  She says the first ride-a-long was a success.