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Sheriffs’ Association Endorses Anti Drug Act

The National Sheriffs’ Association — a group representing thousands of sheriffs, deputies, and other law enforcement professionals — recently announced their formal support for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s bipartisan Assisting Narcotics and Trafficking Officers in Interdicting Drugs Act, legislation that will support law enforcement efforts to combat the drug epidemic and boost border security.

Tester’s bipartisan legislation, introduced alongside Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., would increase resources for three programs — High Intensity Drug Task Forces, Community Oriented Policing Services and Operation Stonegarden — that law enforcement rely on to keep communities safe. The bill also includes new language to cut red tape and ensure that smaller law enforcement agencies and those in rural communities have access to COPS grants.

“Every day, sheriffs experience the dire situation and threats coming across our borders, and we applaud your leadership in addressing the deadly fentanyl crisis,” wrote Sheriff Jim Skinner, chair of the National Sheriffs’ Association Government Affairs Committee in a letter of support to Sens. Tester and Hoeven. “By passing the Tester-Hoeven ANTI-Drugs Act, Congress will provide critical support and funding to counties and local law enforcement in combating drug trafficking and violent crime… The National Sheriffs’ Association is proud to offer its support for the ANTI- Drugs Act and thanks you for your continued efforts to support funding for law enforcement.”

“Montanans count on law enforcement to keep our communities safe, and my bipartisan bill will help give them the tools they need tackle some of our biggest threats,” said Tester. “I’m proud to have the support of the National Sheriffs Association behind this bipartisan legislation, and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get it across the finish line.”

The ANTI Drugs Act would provide enhanced support for three critical law enforcement programs: * High Intensity Drug Task Forces – $400 million.

* Operation Stonegarden – $110 million.

* Community Oriented Policing – $665 million.

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