Law Enforcement Summit Wednesday
As Billings has continued to grow, so too have the crime statistics risen in the area, and law enforcement agencies came together Wednesday to discuss the success of the Montana Violent Offender Task Force and Sex Offender Operations. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said there are hundreds of outstanding warrants for misdemeanors, but they don’t have enough space for the offenders.
With the help of the Montana Violent Offender Task Force, law enforcement is going after those who have committed violent crimes. The task force operates across the state with partnerships from law enforcement in Billings, Missoula and Great Falls. U.S. Marshal Darrell Bell is pleased with the progress. Through a collaborative effort, he said they closed a total of 1440 city, county, state and federal warrants throughout 2016. Along with offenders, they’re confiscating weapons and various types of drugs.