One of the main topics at the January 17 meeting of the Rapid City Council was not on the original on the agenda. The Rapid City Journal reports that downtown business owners brought forward concerns of increased crime rates. The council gave the topic further discussion, finally deciding to ask for increased police presence downtown and to create a task force focused on the problem of downtown crime.
The Rapid City Police Department created the Street Crimes Unit in 2010 to take a proactive approach to crime deterrence downtown. However, business owners noted that there were fewer patrols during the winter months.
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