Public Safety ImprovementsPrioritizing 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.