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Governor Noem’s Budget Improves Public Safety





What You Need To Know: Governor Noem’s Budget Improves Public Safety

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Governor Noem is prioritizing the safety of families and communities by combating the meth epidemic and equipping law enforcement with modernized communication tools.

 

Combating the Meth Epidemic

  • Compared to the national average, twice as many children in South Dakota, ages 12 to 17, have reported meth use in the past year.
  • From 2014 to 2018, South Dakota has seen a 200 percent increase in people seeking treatment with a primary diagnosis of meth.
  • Addiction to meth requires more intensive therapy than many other addictions, which is why providing the necessary resources is crucial to combating the meth crisis in South Dakota. 
  • Governor Noem is committing $3.7 million to support intensive meth treatment and enforcement.
  • With this funding, Governor Noem has made a commitment to ensure the criminal justice system has the necessary resources to enforce the law.

 

Equipping Law Enforcement with Modernized Communications Tools

  • In 2003, South Dakota created the state radio system that formed a single, uniform communications system for first responders across the state. The aging infrastructure and software need an update.
  • Governor Noem’s budget dedicates $5.1 million to improve the statewide communication systems for local law enforcement and first responders across South Dakota. 
  • This builds on the $4.6 million appropriated by Governor Noem and the legislature last year to fulfill the State’s commitment to law enforcement and ensure a smooth transition to the new, modernized system. 

 

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