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Find your adventure in Spearfish. Being a part of the Spearfish Police Department is much more than a job. It’s an opportunity to grow your career, make a difference in your own life and in the lives of people around you, and live in one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. Located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the Spearfish Police Department is a growing agency in a picturesque community which offers something for everyone through its natural scenery, outdoor recreational opportunities, diverse economy, and quality of life.

Spearfish is known as a thriving outdoor recreational paradise, and on any given day of any season, there are adventures awaiting, whether hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, skiing, and more. Spearfish Creek runs through the community; Spearfish is located at the mouth of Spearfish Canyon; and the Black Hills National Forest surrounds us. More than half of Lawrence County, in which Spearfish is located, is public forestland, and compared to communities of its size, Spearfish ranks near the top in acres of parks and green space.

Spearfish’s geography, as well as its location at the intersection of two major U.S. highways – Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 85 (CanAm Highway) – draw visitors, commerce, and new residents. The Greater Spearfish Area has experienced steady growth, with an annual 3 percent growth rate. With roots in education, health care, tourism, mining, and timber, Spearfish’s broad-based economy makes it a hub in Western South Dakota, drawing people from across the Tri-State region who shop, dine, and utilize services in Spearfish. 

Our Organization

Spearfish was surveyed and staked out in 1876 and officially incorporated in 1888. The City of Spearfish has approximately 150 employees who serve the residents and visitors of Spearfish.  On a seasonal basis, the city hires approximately 110 seasonal employees to assist in all areas of our organization. 

The Spearfish Police Department has a proud history and is recognized around the state and region for its professionalism in serving the community’s citizens, businesses, and visitors. Currently, the department has 26 sworn officers and 12 civilian personnel. We welcome your interest in becoming part of our team!