Rapid City Police implements initiative for youth at Summer Nights

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Rapid City Police says that when it comes to Summer Nights, keeping the public protected is top priority. They aim to make sure traffic flows well, barricades are in the proper position --- a few of the things they began to strategize at the end of Summer Nights 2017.

RCPD also says that last year there were many teens out during summer nights causing some trouble. This year, they are being proactive, keeping them occupied. The Fraternal Order of Police along with several community sponsors are partnering a police activities league; kicking it off with something they found will definitely keep the teens' attention during Summer Nights ... basketball.

"We identified basketball as what they like to do so let's do what they like to do and let's get the community together and let's support it and have them play basketball. They want to do that.Let's keep them busy. Kids want to be busy, let's keep them busy in a positive way.That's what we're looking for and how to keep them safe," said RCPD Lieutenant Brian Blenner.

RCPD has already purchased four basketball hoops. The three-on-three basketball tournaments are set to begin June 21 for kids 11-15.

The league is still looking for community sponsors so if anyone would like to donate or sign up to play, they can visit www.palrapidcity.org.