Long Term Law Enforcement Planning

April 19, 2018
Solving problems for the long term requires more than short term solutions.

And it’s what we’ve been talking about since the beginning of our campaign. When looking at our city’s challenges with addiction ​and drug-related crimes, we must in the short-term be sure that we have adequate staffing, equipment, facilities and training for our officers.

And just focusing on short term solutions is short sighted. Sure, it might sound good to win an election, but it doesn’t solve a problem. In the long term, we must work to prevent addiction issues. With our work through Jolene’s Law Task Force and with the collaboration of law enforcement, legislators, state agencies and advocates, we’ve brought to South Dakota the understanding and the impact of childhood trauma on our economy and our law enforcement. When we work to also bring in mental health resources and connect families with those, we’re providing opportunities to also help prevent addiction issues in the future.

Thanks to the Fraternal Order Of Police (FOP) for hosting tonight’s mayoral debate, KSFY’s Brian Allen for moderating and to the men and women of SFPD and their families for the service and sacrifice they make to keep Sioux Falls safe.