Open conversation with Rapid City Police Department held amid protesting
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Amid protesting for racial equality in Rapid City, law enforcement had an open conversation on social media about the positive work they do in the community.
Chief Karl Jegeris of the Rapid City Police Department said “Even with positives come the more negative pieces, each person perceives the world differently.”
Monument Health Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager Doctor Sandra Ogunremi says to move forward from the discrimination is to check our own biases.
“The most important thing for people to understand is that our unconscious bias has to be brought to the forefront. So how do we see people. What do we see when we see a tall, black man?” said Ogunremi.
Ogunremi also says one of the ways RCPD is different in their policing is the personal connections the officers have to the neighborhoods they patrol. In Rapid City, officers typically live within the same community unlike larger cities.
“I think about it every now and then, and I’m like, I cannot believe that when I see a police officer in the Black Hills I am not afraid.” said Ogunremi.