RCPD asks parents to ‘police’ kids near Summer Nights

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Rapid City police say there is a typical teen scheme that parents need to be aware of … teens telling parents they are at one "safe and approved" location but they end up someplace else; sometimes causing trouble.

Summer Nights is that place teens are using to get out of the house without parental supervision.

In a release Wednesday, police say they are working to keep these evening concerts fun and safe by curbing an increase in juvenile issues in areas outside the boundaries of the event. The primary issues include disturbances and physical fighting amongst the juveniles.

“The RCPD would like to make it clear that these issues are not occurring within the boundaries of the event itself. In terms of public safety, Summer Nights and the Main Street Square Concert Series remain fun and safe events for the public to enjoy,” the release stated.

“What we’re seeing is that these kids aren’t interested in the music and other attractions of the event,” Lt. Scott Sitts, RCPD’s patrol division, said. “They’re telling their parents that they’re going for the event, when in reality, they’re causing trouble in other parts of the downtown area or the city.”

Summer Nights, police say, is not a place to leave kids unsupervised. “This is a serious issue that can be resolved with a little parental responsibility,” Sitts said.