Police Department

The Philip Police Department’s mission is to safeguard the lives and property of the community as well as enhance public safety to maintain the quality of life that is cherished by those who reside, work and visit here. We do so with honor and integrity while upholding and supporting the Constitution of the United States; the Constitution of the State of South Dakota; and, the ordinances of the City of Philip.

The Philip Police Department is located at 140 S. Howard Ave., 3rd floor of the Haakon County Courthouse with the County Sheriff’s Office.



Chief of Police William "Ben" Buls – Email bbuls@philipsd.us
Police Officer Andrew "AJ" Bartlett - Email abartlett@philipsd.us


If you see suspicious activity or think a crime is occurring in our community, please call the police department at 605-859-2850. Posting on Facebook is a great way to let your friends and neighbors know about things going on in the community. But, if law enforcement isn’t notified, there’s nothing we can do to address the situation in a timely manner--please call when it’s happening!!! Our chances of stopping the activity or catching the responsible party are drastically reduced when there’s a delay in notification. For emergencies, always call 911.