The Legal and Finance Committee amends partnership between the RCPD and Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Some changes on Wednesday in the partnership between the Rapid City Police Department, and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.

Police Chief Don Hedrick asked the city’s Legal and Finance Committee on Wednesday to amend the original conditions of the “Connecting With Our Youth” grant.

The grant, awarded to Great Plains with the police as a sub-recipient, initially designated about $341,000 for a full-time school resource officer for five years.

The position is designed to be a point of contact for kids seeking mental health or suicide prevention resources.

Now, after one year of the partnership, the police and Great Plains have decided there isn’t enough work to justify a full time officer.

“As we’ve been working through it we found that maybe having a full time person assigned isn’t the best use of resources, and we’ve found that we’re probably a better point of contact,” says Hedrick. “So, a lot of times, law enforcement are the first contact with an individual needing mental health services or suicide prevention services. So, liaison officers that have already built a rapport with students are able to get that student additional services and help through the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.”

The request to amend the grant to about $33,000 and make the resource officer position part-time has been approved unanimously by the committee.

It will go before the Common Council on Tuesday.

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