Protecting North Dakota's way of life starts with protecting North Dakota families. Crime, especially violent crime, is on the rise in North Dakota, but it's not something North Dakotans should have to just get used to.
Providing safety is a fundamental and basic role of government.
From 2009 to 2011, North Dakota's population went up 5.7 percent, but law enforcement personnel went up only 1.7 percent. Plain and simple, our leaders have failed to keep North Dakotans even as safe as they were just three short years ago. For North Dakota to just keep pace with the growth, our plan outlines the need for 143 more law enforcement officers and personnel. Boasting about 13 when 143 are needed shows that Jack Dalrymple just doesn't get it. Sweeping the problem under the rug is not an appropriate response to the issue.
Bottom line: law enforcement staffing should grow by the same percentage in order to meet the increased demand.
We've always taken pride in raising our families in North Dakota and knowing that it was a safe place to do that. That's part of our special quality of life that shouldn't change, and, as leaders, we should protect that with our policies and our actions.