The shoulder patch of the Rapid City, South Dakota, Police Department.

The patch of the Rapid City, South Dakota, Police Department features the nearby Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which symbolizes the democracy, freedom, and ideals law enforcement protects for all Americans. Also pictured is the bald eagle, representing strength and bravery. Its open wings signify protection for the community, and outstretched talons represent the apprehension of evildoers. Among many Native American cultures, including the Lakota in South Dakota, the bald eagle is sacred and believed to be a messenger between the Creator and the Earth. In the top portion of the patch, stars signify excellence. Red banners symbolize strength and magnanimity (courageously noble in mind and heart). The yellow piping represents generosity, and the sable background indicates dependability and endurance.