North Dakota May Borrow More Money For Policing
North Dakota’s Emergency Services department will be seeking another $7 million in emergency borrowing to fund law enforcement costs related to ongoing protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says officials will request the additional funding from the state Emergency Commission on Nov. 30.
The commission is a panel of state officials and lawmakers headed by the governor that handles emergency funding requests when the Legislature isn’t in session. The group earlier approved $10 million in emergency spending.
The money is being borrowed from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota.
Fong says state costs have reached more than $11.8 million. Morton County also has spent more than $8 million policing protests, and county officials have said they might apply for reimbursement from the state.