Category Archives: Public Safety

City seeking grants for new aerial truck, safety and decontamination gear

During the April 7 meeting, City Commissioners will be asked to approve the submission of grant applicants fro a new fire ladder truck and safety and decontamination equipment. Great Falls Fire Rescue is asking for approval to apply for Assistance to Firefighter grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. One grant would replace the city’s 1996 Smeal 75-foot ladder

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Bullock issues directive suspending transfers of inmates to DOC custody shortly after Cascade County sought transfer of 24 inmates

Governor Steve Bullock today issued a directive implementing measures at correctional facilities in Montana to protect inmates and staff and curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today’s steps follow the best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in places exceed them,” Bullock said in a release. “The aim is to ensure that offender populations in Montana

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Sun River Channel study underway

A new study being developed by the Sun River Watershed Group and Cascade Conservation District will investigate the historic movement and channel locations of the Sun River, according to a release. The study, known as a Channel Migration Zone map, will use historic photos, data and local knowledge to understand how the Sun River moves through the basin. The outcome

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C.M. Russell Museum postpones Western Art Week events due to COVID-19

The C.M. Russell Museum announced Monday afternoon that it is postponing all of it’s Western Art Week events including the auction due COVID-19. The events were scheduled for March 19-21 in Great Falls and the event typically draws hundreds of people from across the U.S. and Canada. The events will be rescheduled for sometime in late summer, according to Tom

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Police, sheriff worried about rising crime; asking for community support, law changes

Public safety officials presented information on crime in Cascade County during a community forum on March 5. Great Falls Police Chief Dave Bowen said there’s an “alarming trend” of certain types of crimes increasing over recent years. He said during the forum and during a January Council of Councils meeting that violent crime has increased 173 percent over the last

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Fire stations, Mansfield seats, Civic Center repairs: odds and ends from recent public meetings

Jenn’s catching up on notes from public meetings over the last few weeks, so here’s some odds and ends. Great Falls Fire Rescue The city started on sewer repairs of the city’s aging fire stations, but issues at Station 4 are slowing that process. During the Feb. 4 meeting, City Manager Greg Doyon told commissioners that crews were digging out

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GFPD, CCSO establishing violent crime prevention task force

The Great Falls Police Department and Cascade County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to establish the Violent Crimes Prevention Task Force “to target, dismantle and disrupt criminal organizations with an emphasis on apprehending felony offenders in Cascade County,” according to the GFPD staff report. During the March 3 meeting, City Commissioners will consider an interlocal agreement between GFPD and CCSO

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Juvenile offenders to be fingerprinted, processed at JDC versus county jail

Beginning March 2, the Cascade County Juvenile Detention Center will take over processing and fingerprinting juvenile offenders from the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, according to a county release. “This is an extremely vital service as it will allow law enforcement officers to be back out on patrol much quicker after arresting a felony youth offender. Prior to the JDC offering

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State seeking nominations for first responder awards program

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is seeking nominations for the 2020 Emergency Medical Services awards to be announced later this year. Nominations by April 10 in the following categories: EMS Volunteer Provider of the Year. This award honors a Volunteer Emergency Care Provider who is exemplary in his or her quality of patient care and/or dedication

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City, sheriff presenting information about public safety during March 5 town hall

Great Falls Police Chief Dave Bowen and Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter will give a joint presentation on crime and public safety issues during a town hall 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 5 in the Mansfield Theater at the Civic Center. Following the presentation, representatives from social and legal agencies, who address many of the underlying issues that lead to criminal activity,

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