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Cold Patrol: Rapid City Police get people off the streets

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In the middle of an unusual week of sub-zero temperatures, the Rapid City Police are out in full force, making sure everyone is off the streets.

"It's negative degrees outside," said patrol officer, Brad Mansur. "So we're trying to get people a place that's warm and not out in the snow.

Shelters like the Hope Center and the Cornerstone Mission don't take in intoxicated individuals, so it's up to police to get them to a safe place.

"The intoxication level of the people who are outside in this negative degree weather is a huge factor in the problem that we have with them causing themselves to be a danger to themselves," said Mansur. "With the hypothermia, with the cold, they're medical state, and well being."

Mansur says it only takes 30 minutes for the life-threatening hypothermia to set in and with alcohol, people don't realize how cold they are.

For those who aren't intoxicated, the Hope Center welcomes anyone who needs a place to stay during the day, it closes at 2:30 p.m.

Client Advocate and Directors Assistant, Megan Reuwsaat says she's seen more than 100 guests per day come through the center, which is 20 to 30 percent higher than the past few months.

The Cornerstone Mission is a nighttime destination for many, and spokesperson Brian Weisheck says it's also exceptionally full.

 

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