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Gerhardt Receives Rapid City Police Department's Achievement Medal

Kim Gerhardt, Western Dakota Tech Criminal Justice Adjunct Instructor and Rapid City Police Department Forensic Examiner, recently received the Department Achievement Medal from the Rapid City Police Department.

Kim received the award for exceptional quality management of crime scene evidence.

Rapid City Chief of Police Karl Jegeris, left, presents Kim Gerhardt, Western Dakota Tech Adjunct Instructor, with the Department Achievement Medal. 

"This is an awesome achievement and reflective of the professionalism in Kim's day-to-day work as a forensic examiner working on crime scene investigations in Rapid City and Pennington County," said Pete Ragnone, Western Dakota Tech Criminal Justice Program Director. "Kim is one of only three certified crime scene analysts in the State of South Dakota and the very best I have seen in my 25 year law enforcement career. She instructs two classes in the Criminal Justice program and we are lucky to have her."

Congratulations, Kim!

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