Category Archives: Public Safety

GFPD asking community to report suspicious activity to police

The Great Falls Police Department issued a statement today indicating that school resource officers have been taking complaints over the last few days regarding suspicious persons possible following students who are walking to and from school. GFPD investigates these complaints and have not been able to determine any similarities in the suspect descriptions. If they had developed a consistent suspect

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City considering contract amendment to adjust for paramedic shortage

The nationwide paramedic shortage is being felt in Great Falls and on Tuesday, the City Commission will consider an amendment to an ambulance transport contract that’s needed to adjust to a staffing shortage. The city contracts with Great Falls Emergency Services for ambulance transport. In July, GFES notified the city that due to a paramedic shortage it wouldn’t be able

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GFPD utilizing drones for operations

Drones have steadily become mainstream with applications from military operations to pizza delivery. Now they’re in use by the Great Falls Police Department. Earlier this month, GFPD and Great Falls Fire Rescue played a round of show and tell with the City Commission highlighting some of their recent technology and equipment upgrades. Sgt. Rob Beall of the GFPD gave commissioners

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Local responders, community gather to remember those lost in 9/11 attacks

Sept. 11, 2001 was the most deadly day for firefighters in American history. That day, 343 employees of the New York Fire Department–340 firefighter, two paramedics and a chaplain–were killed responding to the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. On Tuesday, local first responders and their families, civic leaders and the general public gathered at Fire Station 1 downtown

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Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at Fire Station 1; motorcycle ride; flags at half-staff on Tuesday

Community members are invited to join Great Falls Fire Rescue and first responders from local fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical agencies, on Sept. 11 at 7:30 a.m. at Fire Station 1, 105 9th St. S., for a remembrance ceremony honoring those killed during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The 7th annual ceremony is followed by a pancake

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Jail remains full, sheriff’s directive still in effect, city officials seeing impact through increased warrants

Sheriff Bob Edwards’ decision in July to limit admissions to the Cascade County Adult Detention Center because of overcrowding highlighted the many challenges facing law enforcement — substance abuse, crime and poverty to name a few. The Electric has interviewed judges, county attorneys, law enforcement and addiction and prevention specialists and has gone on four ride-alongs with the Great Falls

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GFPD releases names of officers involved in Aug. 19 shooting

The Great Falls Police Department released this afternoon the names of those involved in the Aug. 19 officer involved shooting. The four officers are: Master Police Officer Steve O’Brien: He has served 21 years with GFPD. He has been a swing shift officer, housing authority officer, detective in the Investigation’s Bureau, and is a field training officer. O’Brien is currently

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Military, taxes, jail among local issues for city, county officials in forum with state lawmakers, candidates

Local government officials laid out areas of concern for state lawmakers during a forum on Aug. 28. Four City Commissioners and all three County Commissioners participated in the event hosted by Great Falls Rising. Commissioner Tracy Houck stopped in to say hello but left early for another obligation and did not participate in the discussion. About two dozen state legislators

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Scheduled maintenance begins at Calumet on Monday

Calumet Montana Refining will start planned unit shutdown and maintenance activities on Sept. 3. The planned activities are expected to last about a month, according to Calumet, and during this time there will be periods of flaring due to shutdown and startup activities. Increased traffic is expected to and from the refinery as contractors will be performing work around the

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