Mines News

Release Date Thursday, September 17, 2020

South Dakota Mines Adds Campus Police Chief

Doug Parrow, South Dakota Mines Campus Police Chief, stands in front of his patrol car. 

South Dakota Mines has added Doug Parrow as the new campus police chief.

The move comes in response to surveys over the past several years conducted by both the South Dakota Mines Student Association and the university indicating strong support for campus police officers and increased security. This effort improves safety in the Mines community and speeds response time for emergency calls that require a uniformed police officer. Parrow’s appointment was approved by the Rapid City Council in January 2020. 

The university worked with the city attorney and former Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris on a joint law enforcement agreement that allows South Dakota Mines to employ campus police officers. The new policy allows sworn and trained university law enforcement personnel to carry a weapon on campus. Previously, public safety officers on campus operated without firearms. 

Parrow will supervise the Campus Police and Campus Safety Departments. He has been a South Dakota certified law enforcement officer since 1992. He also has a two-year degree in law enforcement from Minnesota. Currently, he is the only member of public safety who will carry a firearm. Safety officers who are not certified law-enforcement officers will continue to operate on the Mines campus without firearms. More certified public safety officers may be added to the public safety team in the future.

South Dakota Mines follows other universities in the state, including the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, with the addition of campus police officers. 



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