RCPD recruits 2 officers from out-of-state

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Rapid City Police Department officer-recruits Conner Delfs (left) and Jose Romero (right) are sworn in.

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Two new officer-recruits have begun their training with the Rapid City Police Department. The new officers were officially sworn in Feb. 5.

The two new officers are:

  • Conner Delfs – Delfs comes to the Rapid City Police Department after a 4-year career with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office in LeMars, Iowa. He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, which he earned after attending Western Iowa Tech and Northwestern College. In his off time, his hobbies include biking, hiking, and working out.
  • Jose Romero – Romero has spent the last 13 years serving as an officer with the Chicago Police Department. He comes to the Black Hills with his wife and two children. He loves spending time with his family, bicycling, hiking, and the sport of paintball.

Delfs and Romero have been brought on to the RCPD through the agency’s recently implemented certified officer hiring program. Since they are already certified law enforcement officers, the time from hire to an assignment on patrol is significantly reduced.

These officers will spend the next five weeks doing in-house pre-service training at the RCPD. From there, the officers will then be required to complete the RCPD’s Police Officer Field Training Program before receiving a permanent shift assignment for the remainder of their 18-month probationary period.


Information from the Rapid City Police Department

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