By Tarah Heupel, Rapid City Police Spokesperson
Rapid City, S.D. –This week seven new police officers began their training with the RCPD. Next week they will start an intensive 13-week program at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre.
After graduating from the academy in May, the new officers will be certified to work in law enforcement in South Dakota. All of the officers will then be required to complete the Department's 18-week Police Officer Field Training Program before receiving a permanent shift assignment for the remainder of their 18-month probationary period.
The spring 2013 new recruit class includes:
Officer Michael Albright was raised in Rapid City and graduated from Stevens High School. He served 18 years as a police officer with the London Police Department in London, Ohio, before returning to his roots in Rapid City.
Officer James Halterman is from Rapid City, and graduated from Central High School. He earned his associate's degree in criminal justice from National American University, and most recently worked as a dispatcher for the Pennington County Emergency Services Communications Center.
Officer Jacob Kelley is from Rapid City and graduated from Central High School. He served five years in the U.S. Marines before joining the RCPD, and completed one deployment to Afghanistan.
Officer Garrett Loen is from Rapid City, and graduated from Stevens High School. He earned is associate's degree in law enforcement technology from Western Dakota Technical Institute, and currently serves in the Army National Guard.
Officer Matthew Macrander is from Mosinee, Wisc. He graduated from Mosinee High School and earned his associate's degree in criminal justice from Madison Area Technical College.
Officer Aaron Odegaard is from Rapid City, and graduated from Stevens High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from South Dakota State University.
Officer Whitley White is from Rapid City. She graduated from Saint Thomas More High School and earned her bachelor's degree in law enforcement and sociology from Minnesota State University-Mankato.