There are new additions to the Rapid City Police Department. Members of the spring 2013 recruit class are in the process of field training.
Officer Matthew Macrander has always known he wanted to have some sort of service career.
"Law enforcement just happened to fit my personality and my likes. It's been a great journey so far," said Officer Macrander.
He is a new recruit and got certified from the South Dakota Police Academy. Now he's field training.
"My first phase was six weeks and then we have evaluation week. Now I'm halfway through phase two and then after this I have phase three. Then hopefully I'll be on my own," said Officer Macrander.
An officer goes out with the new recruits, and it's kind of like a mentoring program.
"I go out and do basically normal patrol functions and have a field training officer to guide me."
Right now the recruit class has seven officers. Senior Officer Fred Baxter, who is also a police training officer, said sometimes a new recruit realizes it's not the right fit.
"They've got a lot of knowledge and ideas of what it is suppose to be like. But you never really know what it's like until you get in the car and start driving around and actually deal with the people face to face," said Senior Officer Baxter.
As for Officer Macrander, he said he's enjoyed the process so far, and is looking forward to what's to come.
The Rapid City Police Department currently has 118 sworn officers, and they usually lose a few each year for various reasons.