Law enforcement agencies in Rapid City are among those set to benefit from a $1 million federal grant to fight methamphetamine trafficking, according to a press release from the U.S Attorney's Office in South Dakota.
“The national meth epidemic is impacting and hurting our families and communities here in South Dakota," Attorney General Marty Jackley said in the release.“This award presents a tremendous opportunity to cooperatively fight this meth epidemic head-on in our state.”
The $1,029,958 in funding comes from the Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS) Anti-Methamphetamine Program, a program of the Department of Justice.
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It was given to the Attorney General's Office, which will use the funds to pay for more investigators, agents and forensic analysts across the state.
Local agencies that will receive the new staff are the Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Oglala Sioux Tribal Police. The Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are also set to get more personnel. The new staff will serve on the Rapid City Drug Task Force, Northern Plains Safe Trails Task Force and the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force.