Two Rapid City police officers promoted to rank of Sergeant

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two Rapid City Police officers have been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

On Wednesday, Interim Police Chief Don Hedrick announced the promotions of Phil Koch and Chris Holbrook.

“Sergeants Koch and Holbrook have demonstrated a natural affinity for leadership and the ability to remain cool under pressure throughout their assigned duties with the RCPD,” Hedrick said. “I’m excited to welcome them into their respective roles of frontline supervision within the ranks of our agency.”

After starting his career at the RCPD as a Patrol Officer in 2012, Sgt. Koch served as a Police Training Officer. Koch then made a transition into the Criminal Investigations Division as a people crimes Detective. His ancillary duties include being a member of the RCPD’s Fitness team, the Critical Accident Reconstruction Team, and a mentor for the Western Dakota Tech Akicita Program.

Sgt. Holbrook, who grew up in Rapid City, attending Central High School and began his career with the RCPD in 1995. Holbrook got his start as a K9 Handler and School Liaison Officer. In 2018, Holbrook returned to the police department as a Patrol Officer before moving into the Criminal Investigations Division as a property crimes Detective. His ancillary duties include being a member of the Critical Accident Reconstruction Team and as an Emergency Driving Instructor.

Both Sergeants will be reassigned to the RCPD’s Patrol Division in late August as Patrol Shift Supervisors with shift assignments to be determined.

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