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Certified & Reciprocity Eligible Police Officer

Company: City of Rapid City
Location: Rapid City
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:



Keeping one of the greatest cities in South Dakota safe requires finding the best people for the job. Being a part of the Rapid City Police Department is much more than a job. It's a chance to serve your neighbors: the people of Rapid City. Nestled among the pines of South Dakota's beautiful Black Hills, the Rapid City Police Department is a growing agency - a wonderful opportunity to expand your law enforcement career and live in one of the most beautiful travel destinations. Living in Rapid City, you can have it all. From adrenaline-charged outdoor activities to thoughtful cultural pursuits and all the heart-stopping scenery in between.

The Rapid City Police Department is one of the most progressive law enforcement agencies in the region and the only internationally accredited police department in South Dakota. The RCPD is comprised of three divisions with diverse operations staffed by nearly 165 uniformed and non-uniformed staff. These operations include field services, criminal investigations and support services. RCPD offers a variety of services, and are especially proud of the proactive programs to keep our community safe, such as the School Liaison Program and our civilian traffic investigators. We also see ourselves as a leader in quality training throughout the region, with outstanding recruit training and Police Training Officer programs to cultivate committed, courteous officers for our department.

The City of Rapid City offers fantastic benefits including employer-paid health insurance premiums, 8% employer-matching retirement, life insurance benefits, short-term disability and generous vacation and sick leave time off. For a detailed benefit summary, click here.


This position is part of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Position Details


The mission of the Rapid City Police Department is community first, service above self, integrity-driven: one interaction at a time. As a Police Officer, you'll provide protection of life and property within the municipal boundaries of the City of Rapid City.

The Rapid City Police Department is seeking CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS AND RECIPROCITY ELIGIBLE GRADUATES to join our team. If you are a Law Enforcement Studies graduate or hold current law enforcement certification (from South Dakota or another state) with prior law enforcement experience, we'd like to talk with you! If you are graduating from a post-secondary institution and are eligible for reciprocity with the state of South Dakota, we'd like to talk with you! We offer these candidates a special hiring process, so there is no waiting for a group testing. We have the potential to start your employment soon. This job posting will be open until filled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Protects life by:

  • Responding to calls for service and emergency assistance; rendering aid to the physically injured, handicapped and others requiring assistance, including but not limited to victims of accidents, criminal incidents, natural disasters or other incidents; investigating safety hazards and taking action to correct potential problem areas, including road hazards, defects and environmental hazards.

Preserves peace by:

  • Responding to calls for assistance involving altercations between people, including but not limited to domestic disturbances, fighting and neighborhood disputes, performing crowd and traffic control; enforcing state and city ordinances relating to keeping the peace; providing motorized, foot and bicycle patrol to residential and business areas to maintain community relations; practice problem solving techniques in support of the department's demographic policing, community policing and problem solving strategies.
  • Investigates violations of state laws/city ordinances and arrests violators using degree of force necessary with state law and department policy. Enforces traffic laws to curtail violations.
  • Secures crime scenes to identify and collect any physical evidence present, and obtains descriptions of suspects/vehicles involved in crimes or criminal activity.
  • Prepares incident/accident reports, affidavits, citations, legal documents, memorandums, other job-related documents and prepares for court testimony.
  • Operates police vehicles in routine and emergency situations.
  • Participates in job-related training and courses to maintain skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to perform duties.

. Additional Information


For questions regarding this posting,your education, or certification please contact Sgt. Nick Davis at 605.394.6907 or nicholas.davis@rcgov.org.


Please include your academy training records or college transcripts as an attachment to your application. If you need assistance attaching the documents, contact Human Resources at 605.394.4136.

Keywords: City of Rapid City, Rapid City , Certified & Reciprocity Eligible Police Officer, Other , Rapid City, South Dakota

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