SD law enforcement begin program for anonymous texts on drug crimes

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PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley, Sanford Health, South Dakota Sheriff’s Association, South Dakota Police Chiefs’ Association and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety announce the roll out of Project Stand Up - a statewide anonymous texting program that allows citizens to stand up to drug crimes in their communities.

“As our nation faces a growing drug epidemic, it is important that South Dakotans use innovation and technology to better protect our communities," Jackley said. "Anonymous texting allows citizens to be proactive and take part in keeping their communities safe. Please join me, law enforcement, healthcare providers and our communities to Stand Up to illegal drug use.” 

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"Sanford Health is proud to join with South Dakota law enforcement on this important program to help keep our South Dakota communities safe,” said Mike Begeman of Sanford Health.

Project Stand Up is a coordinated effort among law enforcement officials and healthcare providers statewide to stand up to illegal drug use in South Dakota. Texting a tip is simple - just text ‘drugs’ to 82257. The tipster will be asked a series of questions for additional information. The level of involvement lies with the citizen, while always remaining anonymous. An educational component will be added in the fall to address the legal consequences of drug use.

The Stand Up program is similar in nature to one currently being utilized by the Rapid City Police Department known as ‘Tip411.’ Since its adoption in 2011, the RCPD has found success in engaging with anonymous tipsters utilizing the Tip411 service. Members of the public with a tip relating to crime specifically in Rapid City are encouraged to continue using Tip411 to provide anonymous crime and drug information directed at the Rapid City Police Department. They may do so by texting ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411 (TIP411).

Information from the Office of South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley

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