Police Officer I, II

Rapid City, SD
Rapid City Police Department

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.

$22.64 – $24.38 Hourly

12/4/2020 11:59 PM Mountain


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.

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.


The Rapid City Police Department is currently accepting applications for the fall 2020 police officer testing process. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, a US Citizen, possess a valid driver's license and have not been convicted of a felony crime or serious misdemeanor offense. To be eligible to test, applicants must possess one of the following minimum requirements:

• Associate's degree or a minimum of 64 hours of college credit from an accredited institution; or
• Current certified law enforcement experience** (at least 4 years of previous certified law enforcement experience may be acceptable); or
• Four years of active full-time military experience (part-time reserve experience does not meet requirement); or
• An equivalent combination of education and experience may be acceptable.

If you are a certified, experienced Officer in South Dakota or any other state, we’d like to talk with you. We offer certified candidates a special hiring process, so there is no waiting for a group testing. We have the potential to start your employment soon!

If you are not certified, but meet the listed requirements, there will be multiple opportunities to test with the Rapid City Police Department this fall, both in person and in an online format. Although there will likely be opportunities to test before, the last written test will be administered on December 5th, 2020 at 0800hrs.