Rapid City
Police Department

WHY CHOOSE RAPID CITY P.D?

The Rapid City Police Department is built on a strong foundation of community, service, and integrity that influences our daily actions. With a variety of career path options we are a great choice for those looking to grow in their Law Enforcement. Our officers enjoy amazing benefits and unparalleled community support.

Salary &

Benefits

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  • Entry level Officers start at $30.17/ hour
  • Certified Reciprocity Officers start at $30.93/hour
  • 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
  • Patrol officers enjoy a 4 day (10 hour shift) work week. Officers work a 40-hour week, and are paid overtime for work outside their normal shift.
  • Health insurance provided for the employee at a low 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
  • 11 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.

COMMITTED TO QUALITY

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 our 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.

COMMITTED TO QUALITY

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 our 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.

HONORING SERVICE

The Rapid City Police Department has a rich history of employing active duty service members and veterans. We recognize the skills past and present military bring to the table and we make it a priority to provide the support and training they need to be successful in a civilian role. As a part of our commitment to hiring veterans RCPD is a Skillbridge partner allowing transitioning service members the opportunity to transition into a full time opportunity with us in their final 180 days of service. For more information on registering for a Skillbridge internship please visit – https://skillbridge.osd.mil/

HONORING SERVICE

The Rapid City Police Department has a rich history of employing active duty service members and veterans. We recognize the skills past and present military bring to the table and we make it a priority to provide the support and training they need to be successful in a civilian role. As a part of our commitment to hiring veterans RCPD is a Skillbridge partner allowing transitioning service members the opportunity to transition into a full time opportunity with us in their final 180 days of service. For more information on registering for a Skillbridge internship please visit – https://skillbridge.osd.mil/

LIVE. WORK. GROW.

Being a part of the Rapid City Police Department is much more than a job. It’s a chance to make a difference in your own life and in the lives of people around you. Set on the edge of the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the Rapid City Police Department is a growing agency – a fantastic opportunity to grow your career and live in one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world! Because of Rapid City’s breathtaking scenery, it was named one of 2019’s most memorable destinations (according to Fodor’s Travel Go List 2019). For more information on the community of Rapid City, please visit www.visitrapidcity.com.

LIVE. WORK. GROW.

Being a part of the Rapid City Police Department is much more than a job. It’s a chance to make a difference in your own life and in the lives of people around you. Set on the edge of the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the Rapid City Police Department is a growing agency – a fantastic opportunity to grow your career and live in one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world! Because of Rapid City’s breathtaking scenery, it was named one of 2019’s most memorable destinations (according to Fodor’s Travel Go List 2019). For more information on the community of Rapid City, please visit www.visitrapidcity.com.

MITAKUYE OYASIN

We Are ALL related

We work hand-in-hand with residents, fostering trust, open communication, and mutual respect. Our officers are visible, accessible, and actively engaged in neighborhoods, events, and community initiatives. With strong community partnerships, we tackle public safety concerns together. We are continually working to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the people we serve. Together, we create a safer Rapid City.

MITAKUYE OYASIN

We Are ALL related

We work hand-in-hand with residents, fostering trust, open communication, and mutual respect. Our officers are visible, accessible, and actively engaged in neighborhoods, events, and community initiatives. With strong community partnerships, we tackle public safety concerns together. We are continually working to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the people we serve. Together, we create a safer Rapid City.