Added law enforcement cost for Mt. Rushmore fireworks to be split among all agencies

RAPID CITY, S.D. — With President Trump’s scheduled visit, an already busy time for law enforcement will get even busier.

With security being provided by local, county, state, and federal agencies, some have asked who picks up the cost?

The answer, they all do. Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says its standard operating procedure.

“We have a very good working relationship with The Secret Service and the park service and the sheriff’s office and everybody else who has to pitch in and help,” Allender said. “So we do that, we do it for every president, we’re going to do it for this president and we’re not going to complain about it because this is all about public safety.”

One of the tasks the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office has on its plate is coordinating traffic. Sheriff Kevin Thom says there are a few things we can do to help the process.

“Pay attention to the messaging,” Thom said. “If you’re a ticket holder, they’ll have your email address and they’ll be contacting you with messaging about when the event will actually open, which way to get to the event. Department of Transportation is going to have signage along the highways. So pay attention to the signage, pay attention to the notifications you get, reference your tickets so you know how to get in and out of the event safely.”

The sheriff’s office will have additional deputies on-duty for the event, as well as extending shifts.

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