Thanks to a half a million dollar grant, the Rapid City Police Department will be able to hire four more police officers.
The grant comes from the US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program.
Aggravated assaults in Rapid City have increased from 167 in 2009 to 255 in 2012. Burglaries have also been on the rise. Steve Allender, Rapid City Police Chief, they have been redirecting resources to try to get a handle on the problem, and now this will help.
"So this grant will allow us to put four new officers on. We can dedicate those four positions to combat violent crime and then we can do a better job at fulfilling all the rest of our obligations," said Allender.
The funding lasts for three years. After that Allender says they'll have decide whether or not they want to keep the positions.