Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that two South Dakota entities in Indian Country will receive a total of $257,044 from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Tribal Meth Program to combat methamphetamine production, use and trafficking.
The Yankton Sioux Tribe will receive a $99,792 federal grant and the Sisseton Wahpeton Law Enforcement will receive a $157,252 federal grant.
“Methamphetamine use is a serious problem and we need to do all we can to rid our communities of this addictive and volatile drug,” Johnson said. “With programs like this, we can save lives and millions of dollars by preventing the production and use of methamphetamine.”
Johnson is a member of the bipartisan “Anti-Meth Caucus,” which was formed to assess and address the needs of law enforcement, prevention of meth abuse, and the opportunities for treatment to stop the growing problem of meth production and meth addiction.
Johnson has used his seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure the COPS program is properly funded to help keep communities across South Dakota safe. The COPS program, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, began operations in October 1994 after Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994.