HURON – Law enforcement agencies in Huron and Beadle County have been awarded a total of $17,255 in drug control funds, part of the nearly half a million dollars that will be used by authorities across South Dakota for drug enforcement and apprehension.
“Using profits and assets of drug dealers rather than taxpayer monies to better protect our officers and communities makes sense,” said Attorney General Marty Jackley, who oversees the fund.
“We are funding a number of requests across the state to assist local government and improve public safety,” he said.
Beadle County was awarded $2,255 to purchase body cameras for the sheriff and four deputies.
The Huron Police Department will use its $15,000 grant to purchase a new K9 drug dog and to finance training and expenses of the handler and animal.
Cody, the department’s first K9 drug dog, will retire this fall after six years of service.
Police Chief Kevin Van Diepen said officers will travel to the Kasseburg Canine Training Center in New Market, Ala., at the end of August to pick up the new dog.
New handler Dennis Maude, who joined the Huron Police Department about seven months ago after working as an officer in Canton, will then train with the dog for about six weeks.
Kasseburg provides dogs, from Holland, to police departments and federal government agencies across the country.
Award money distributed in this cycle totaled $497,095.
It was awarded to police departments in Brookings, Freeman, Groton, Madison, Rapid City, Sturgis and Yankton, as well as to the sheriff’s offices in the counties of Corson, Jackson, Minnehaha, Roberts, Sully and Ziebach.
Funds are also going to the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, its lab and to the SDHP.
Those cities, counties and the state will use the funds for body armor, video recording systems, detection kits, body cameras, in-car cameras, polygraph equipment, forensic lab equipment, surveillance equipment, recording equipment, bio-instrumentation upgrades, a vehicle and records management softeware.