Crime in Rapid City spikes in 2012 - KOTA Territory News

Crime in Rapid City spikes in 2012

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For Rapid City Police Officers, 2012, like every other year, was full of the unexpected.  The newly-released annual report lists some of the year's most noteworthy crimes, like the pursuit in January that ended with gunfire. And, a very public and gruesome stabbing in the Walmart parking lot that killed Morgan Meyers and her unborn child.

While these two crimes were highly publicized, there were more than 11,000 other arrests that didn't always make the news, but they did make up much of the year for local police.

The increased number of arrests is why the Department is taking a new approach to fight crime. "We've been addressing it by the neighborhoods that it's been occurring in and by addressing the individuals that are always involved in it," Police Chief Steve Allender said.

2012 was the second year in a row that crime spiked. A sign, according to Chief Allender, that Rapid City needs more officers. "We're in a phase now, when I believe we're seeing that our community is fairly needy when it comes to public safety demands," Chief Allender continued.

Last year there were 5 homicides, up from 3 the year before. Plus there was 102 reported rapes, up from 99 in 2011.

On the upside, 2012 was a safer year for officers.
"Certainly it was a year after the tragedies of 2011," Chief Allender said. "We're glad to put that year in the past," He continued.

Moving forward, the Department just received the go-ahead to apply for a community policing grant which would pay for the salaries of 4 new officers for four years.

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