November 28, 2017
The South Dakota Attorney Generals Office announced today that several law enforcement agencies throughout the state have been given awards from the Attorney General’s Drug Control Fund. The Drug Control Fund is funded by drug forfeiture monies to be used for enforcement in drug control and apprehension purposes. The award money distributed for this most recent cycle totaled $188,593.10.
The highest award $53,911.92 went to the Aberdeen Police Department to retrofit a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Army surplus vehicle with a turret that could easily accommodate a 50 caliber machine gun. I am sure a vehicle like this would be the envy of any small police department that is engaged in community protection, especially the vehicle implied improvised explosive device threat in Aberdeen, SD. Now with the addition of a turret, the possibilities are endless. I am sure it will be impressive in parades with everyone all slicked up in armour and rambo fatigues.
A total waste of funds that could been used to purchase body armour and body worn cameras.
Additional Drug Control Fund Awards:
Faith PD $4,990.00- in-car video equipment
Kingsbury County SO $27,298.48- in-car video equipment and tasers
Lake County SO $13,009.75- body worn cameras
Lincoln County SO $13,249.00- interview recording systems
Mobridge PD $3,000.00- pistols and ipads
Roberts County SO $21,500.00- K9 kennel and laptops
Tripp PD $10,580.95- tasers, body worn cameras, in-car video equipment, body armor
Yankton County SO $33,053.00- vehicle and equipment