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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

The Mitchell Police Division has been awarded $1,200 for a dummy to be used for training in drug investigations.

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Tuesday that the money is being awarded out of the state Drug Control Fund, which helps local law enforcement in drug control and apprehension.

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"The Drug Control Fund allows law enforcement to combat controlled substance abuse by funding local programs with monies seized from drug arrests," Jackley said.

The training dummy, which weighs between 160 and 180 pounds, is used for rescue and hostage training, according to Mitchell Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg. Officers practice removing the dummy from various situations during training exercises.

"It's a good training tool that will be available to all officers on a regional basis," Overweg said.

The Mitchell Police Division received its training dummy earlier this month.

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