SPEARFISH — An estimated 600 Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members, family and friends will be in Spearfish throughout the weekend. The bikers started arriving Tuesday and Wednesday and will host their annual meeting at Jo's Field of Dreams, a campground along Highway 14 north of town.
Lt. Curt Jacobs with the Spearfish Police Department said there will be a concentration of law enforcement making themselves visible throughout the Northern Hills to monitor the gathering.
The police force, he said, will work together with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and the South Dakota Highway Patrol so if something does happen they are prepared to respond. Officers are working 12-hour shifts, rather than their normal eight-hour shifts. In addition to that change, the U.S. Marshals Office has loaned the police force four officers and the sheriff's department two officers.
“We'll have a lot more coverage on the street than we normally do,” Jacobs said. “Hopefully nothing happens, but if it does we'll be ready.”
Jacobs said the club members are staying at various locations throughout the Northern Hills including area hotels and the campgrounds in Spearfish. If someone were to come in contact with a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club member, Jacobs said to treat them like they would any tourist.
“Some of them really are here to take in the sights, and we need to be respectful of that,” he said. “If someone were to see something out of the ordinary they can contact the department.”
No incidents have been reported as of press time.
The Spearfish Police Department can be contacted by calling 642-1300. If it is an emergency, Jacobs said to call 911.