Rapid City, S.D. (KOTA TV) – In an effort to provide added convenience to the public, the Rapid City Police Department is offering an online service in which victims of crime may report non-emergency incidents to police. The ability to do so is currently live on the RCPD homepage at RapidCityPolice.org.
The service is located under ‘Online Crime Reporting’ on the website, and will allow citizens to report the following types of crime:
- Vehicle Burglary
- Gas theft
- Hit and Run
- Lost Property
- Unauthorized Tampering with a Motor Vehicle
From there, a simple and easy-to-use interface will guide citizens through the reporting process. Police personnel will review the report and, once approved, the reporting party will receive an email with a copy of the report attached without cost.
The report will transfer into the RCPD’s records management system and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis review as if a police officer had filed the report.
“This online reporting system allows the public to file a report at a time that is convenient for them, without them having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back,” says Assistant Chief of Police Don Hedrick.
“We hope this easy process for crime reporting catches on and will help our officers deliver the timely and efficient service the citizens of Rapid City have come to expect. This is one more option that will help us serve the public, and if they wish to still speak with an officer through conventional methods, they are still welcome to do so.”
It's important to note that this service is not for use in emergency situations. Members of the public should always call 911 in an emergency.