Govt. Little sheds light on ‘Back the Blue’ investments

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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined members of law enforcement in Coeur d’Alene today to highlight parts of his “Leading Idaho” plan that invests in public safety .

“I am proud that Idaho is a state that openly values ​​and supports law enforcement. Our law enforcement agencies in Idaho care deeply about maintaining strong relationships with the communities they serve, and it is important for us to also ensure that they are equipped with what they need to do their job effectively”, said Governor Little.

Governor Little’s Leading Idaho plan this year is “supporting the blue” by increasing the number of state police troops, adding a new Idaho State Police district facility in Idaho Falls and creating a new forensic laboratory to ensure fair and impartial scientific analysis. the criminal justice system.

While in Coeur d’Alene today, Governor Little also launched the Northern Idaho Roundtable for “Operation Esto Perpetua.” The Legislature also approved $250,000 to implement Operation Esto Perpetua – the Governor’s plan to help combat the smuggling of fentanyl and other high-profile narcotics into the state due to the border crisis. In progress.

“Methamphetamine and fentanyl are the most serious and growing drug threats in Idaho, and there is a direct link to the loose border with Mexico. Recognizing that there is so much more we can do to make Idaho communities safer, I have asked law enforcement, lawmakers, cities, counties, tribes, families and the public to come together to ‘a new way with one goal – to significantly reduce the flow of fentanyl and meth to the state of Idaho,’ said Governor Little.

Overall, the additional investments represent an increase of 20% for the ISP in all funds – and 15% for the general fund.

Additional investments in public safety and other areas of the Governor’s Leading Idaho plan can be found here: https://gov.idaho.gov/leading-idaho/

Additional information about Operation Esto Perpetua can be found here: https://gov.idaho.gov/operation-esto-perpetua/

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