Concerns over safety in Rapid City's Art Alley - KOTA Territory News

Concerns over safety in Rapid City's Art Alley

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According to police, in recent months there have been more issues in Art Alley. The department redirected some of its street crimes officers to the area to address on going problems. Some organizations are pushing to make the alley a safer place as well.

Tyler Read admires one of his pieces. He's been a painter at Art Alley since 2005. He is also a member of the Art Alley Artist Guild that was formed in February.  

"The Art Alley Artist Guild focuses primarily on maintaining the art in Art Alley and trying to ensure that it is an asset to our community," said Read.  

The group discussed the possibility of increasing the lighting in they alley. They also meet with business owners and the police department to discuss safety issues.  

"We look at ourselves as an extension of solving the problem as well partnering with the city and the police force," said Read.

"I'm not at a position to say Art Alley is dangerous or unsafe or anything like that. We do have others in the department that are working on that and trying to discern what's happening in Art Alley and if it's something that's good for Rapid City or not," said Captain James Johns, of the Rapid City Police Department.

Read says he realizes Rapid City does have a problem with public intoxication.  

"I know that this incident happened behind the bar and that is somewhat of a different situation than what we're trying to attain here in art alley."  

Read said Art Alley is a tourist destination and he hopes it can stay that way.  

"Art Alley is no more of a problem than anywhere downtown."

Some business owners say they like Art Alley and feel it's safe. Others say they think it's unsafe and think there should be more of a police presence there.

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