Rapid City
Police Department

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Police Officer

$31.02/HR

*In addition, candidates must be at least 21 years of Age, a US Citizen, posses a valid drivers license and have not been convicted of a felony crime or serious misdemeanor offense

Certified Officer

$31.78/HR

*Depending on Experience

*In addition, candidates must be at least 21 years of Age, a US Citizen, posses a valid drivers license and have not been convicted of a felony crime or serious misdemeanor offense

Responsibilities & Job Duties:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Benefits:

  • Student Loan Reimbursement- $250 per month
  • Uniforms and Equipment provided
  • Quarterly Wellness days
  • Free gym membership
  • Retirement plan provided through the South Dakota Retirement System. City matches 8% of the employee’s pre-tax wages.
  • Supplemental retirement plan available
  • Health insurance provided for the employee at no cost. The City pays a portion of the premium for family coverage.
  • Flexible spending plans for health and dependent care
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 40 hour vacation/ sick bank upon hire
  • Sabbatical leave program
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Sick leave
  • Paid leave of 2 weeks per year. This jumps to 3 weeks of paid leave per year when the employee reaches 4 years of service.