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Montana Highway Patrol

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox
Courtesy Montana DOJ

As awareness of human trafficking increases, so do the number of victims who are being rescued in Montana. Human traffickers use force or fraud to coerce their victims into some type of labor or sex slavery.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says next to the drug trade, it’s the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.

Budget Defines First Week Of Montana Legislature

Jan 9, 2017
Jon Sesso, Senate minority leader and other Democrats at a press conference Tuesday, Jan, 3 at the Capitol.
Freddy Monares - UM Community News Service

HELENA — Montana’s 2017 Legislature has begun to tackle a wide swath of issues, from public safety to infrastructure, from education to agriculture. But as the first of many bills were read in committee rooms around the Capitol last week, it became clear that everything this time around would focus on the budget.

There were nearly 500 automobile crashes across the state this weekend as a cold front blasted the region, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he will consult with Native American leaders before fulfilling any future requests for law-enforcement assistance at the site of an oil pipeline protest in North Dakota.

The Democratic governor said Thursday conditions near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation have changed since he approved the last request in October.

Missoula County Sheriff Deputies are warning residents of Horseback Ridge near Missoula to prepare for evacuation in case the fire burning in the area grows.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-2)

Most public safety employees, including sheriff’s deputies, remain on strike in Mineral County today. Sixteen county workers, including jail and 911 dispatch staff started picketing in front of the county courthouse in Superior Monday.

MT Traffic Fatalities Outpacing Last Year

May 24, 2016

The Montana Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities are outpacing this same period last year. That’s even before the start to the traditional summer driving season which begins with the Memorial Day weekend.

MDT Director Mike Tooley says as of May 16, 2016, 61 people, or 19 ahead of the same period last year, have lost their lives in vehicle crashes in Montana.

Police Stepping Up Patrols For Saint Patrick's Day

Mar 15, 2016
Police Stepping Up Patrols For Saint Patrick's Day
Cheri Trusler

This Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of Montana’s most high-spirited celebrations. So law enforcement is ramping up patrols.

Butte will be the center of attention. That means stepped-up enforcement of impaired driving laws.

Captain Keith Edgell is with Montana Highway Patrol. He says they’re bringing up to 20 additional troopers to the Butte area.

MDT: Safer Roads Require Drivers To Reject High-Risk Behavior

Aug 19, 2015
The Vision Zero Initiative Vision Zero Initiative is aimed at preventing traffic accidents and deaths in dense traffic corridors.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2)

Montana transportation officials say they are taking steps to make the state’s highways safer. MDT Director Mike Tooley says there’s a role for motorists to improve highway safety. As Jackie Yamanaka reports, that means drivers need to reject high-risk behavior.

Expect Extra Holiday Patrols Through Memorial Day

May 18, 2015
An alleged house burglary attempt led to heightened security at a Missoula elementary school early this morning.
(PD)

Local police, County Sheriffs, and the Montana Highway Patrol are putting extra patrols on the road from now through Memorial Day. State Transportation director Mike Tooley says in the next two weeks, officers around the state are working together to catch speeders and other unsafe drivers.

Lawmakers Will Consider Body Cameras For Police Friday

Mar 19, 2015
Montana capitol.
William Marcus

Friday at the Montana Legislature, lawmakers will discuss body cameras for cops. Democrat Rep. Bridget Smith of Wolf Point is carrying a resolution to study the effects of requiring Montana police officers to wear so-called body cams.

“And we will look into ... the compelling reasons why, this would be good for Montanans.”

But the cost may be too high. A 2014 Department of Justice study says the average price of cameras police stations buy is between $800 and $1,200 each.

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