Meth grant to add prosecutors, boost education efforts

Kansas will receive a $1 million grant from the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance to assist the state in prosecuting methamphetamine crimes, training law enforcement officers and educating children on the dangers of the drug, Attorney General Steve Six announced today.

The grant will provide funding for two specialized prosecutors to handle drug crimes in the southwest and southeast areas of the state.

It also will provide training on safe evidence collection and meth lab detection for 180 state and local law enforcement officers.

“From training law enforcement to prosecution to conviction, this comprehensive initiative enhances our ability to hold criminals accountable and protect our families,” Six said.

In addition, the grant will provide additional resources to educate children on the dangers of meth use. The new resources will be delivered through existing DARE anti-drug programs in schools.

Schmidt to run for attorney general


TOPEKA – Independence Republican Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt announced in an e-mail Wednesday that he plans to run for attorney general against incumbent Steve Six, a Democrat.

Schmidt was first elected to the Kansas Senate in 2000. Prior to that, he was a Kansas assistant attorney general and special counsel to Gov. Bill Graves.

Below is the announcement from Schmidt’s campaign:

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