Becoming one of Rapid City's finest in blue is no easy feat.
During the 13-week rigorous training process at the police academy in Pierre, officer hopefuls crack open the books, and then put there skills to the test in various and intense, real-life scenario's.
"They get a little stress inoculation," said Training Coordinator, Shannon Hinrichs. "We push them a little bit, they have to put realistic strikes and things like that to get us to go down and become compliant."
Arrests, building searches, break-in's, traffic stops, and many more exercises challenge the cadets during of each of the three phases of training.
Students are entering the third and final phase, which finishes at the end of May.
Following the graduation ceremony, five of the 36 new officers will be on their way to Rapid City to begin another 15 weeks of field training.
"As far as the mental and physical strain," said officer-in-training Matthew MaCrander. "There's not a whole lot if you're willing to have this career."