Category Archives: Public Safety

City establishes special panel to study crime

City Commissioners voted unanimously during their April 6 meeting to establish a special, temporary panel to study crime issues in the city. Commissioner Rick Tryon suggested the panel during the commission’s January priority setting meeting and in the meantime, he and City Manager Greg Doyon have met with various law enforcement officials. Those meetings, Tryon said, have been “very eye

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Three GFPD officers finalists for chief; city attorney retiring in September

The field of candidates to succeed Dave Bowen, who retired April 2, as chief of the Great Falls Police Department has been narrowed to three. There were initially five internal candidates and City Manager Greg Doyon said during the April 6 City Commission meeting that he was advancing Capt. Rob Moccasin, Capt. Jeff Newton and Lt. Doug Otto to the

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NoMore Violence Week in Great Falls this week

NoMore Violence Week is April 5-9 in Great Falls with training sessions, awareness building activities and community events. “Through partnerships with more than 25 community organizations, quality training and response are annually planned to address challenging topics – child abuse, intimate partner violence, family violence, trauma, human trafficking, missing and murdered indigenous people, addiction, mental health, isolation and more –

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Crime study committee on April 6 Commission agenda

City Commissioners will consider a resolution during their April 6 meeting to establish a committee to study crime issues in Great Falls. The proposal, if approved, would create a panel of seven people who would study the issues for three to six months with the goal of having draft recommendations available for public review no later than August and a

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Calumet planning maintenance, drills beginning April 5

Calumet Montana Refining, LLC will undergo planned unit shutdown and maintenance activities beginning April 5. The planned activities are expected to last approximately three weeks, according to Calumet, and the shutdown and startup activities will cause periods of flaring. Plantwide evacuation test drill exercises are scheduled for noon and 7:30 p.m. April 12. Community members may hear the whistle used

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City to receive $20 million in COVID funds; aquatic center plan updated; GFPD chief replacement process underway; Civic Center facade contract pushed to April 6

The City of Great Falls is slated to receive about $20 million in federal funds through the recently approved COVID-19 stimulus package. City Manager Greg Doyon said during the March 16 commission meeting that the funds would come in two seperate payments over the next year. He said that the rules regarding how the funds can be used haven’t been

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City discusses creation of crime task force

City Commissioners are continuing their discussion on establishing a task force to “evaluate crime issues in our community and produce detailed actionable recommendations on how to reduce crime in Great Falls,” according to Commissioner Rick Tryon’s proposed concept. Tryon first raised the idea during the commission’s annual priority setting meeting in January. It was the only concrete idea to come

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Discussions on Alluvion Health proposal for crisis response program ongoing

A group of healthcare providers, nonprofits, law enforcement and government agencies are attempting to create a community wide crisis response program to address mental health. Alluvion Health has taken the lead and presented their concept to the Cascade County Commission in late February. Those commissioners voted to join the project. On March 2, Trista Besich, Alluvion’s director, presented during the

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GFFR seeking grant for safety, decontamination and wellness equipment

Great Falls Fire Rescue is applying for a grant from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant for safety and decontamination equipment. GFFR is applying for $188,879.52, which if approved, the city’s match would be $17,170.87 and would come from GFFR’s safety equipment account. The tentative announcement for the grant is September or October, according to GFFR.

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