Agencies Take Part in ‘Sweep’ to Serve Domestic Violence Warrants
HELENA — Law enforcement agencies across Montana Friday took part in a sweep to serve outstanding warrants on charges related to domestic violence.
Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said although law enforcement agencies handle warrants each day, Friday’s sweep — on Valentine’s Day — was a chance to refocus resources.
“Domestic violence continues to pose serious problems for Montana communities,” McGrath said. “Our aggressive enforcement efforts are designed to halt family violence before it escalates to even more violent crime.”
Holly Beall, program manager for the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs of the Division of Criminal Investigation, said offenders may creatively evade warrants by using false names, multiple addresses or post office boxes. Warrants may be related to a variety of domestic violence-related charges, including violations of protective orders, contempt of court and others.
“All of the participating agencies have put a lot of hours into making the sweep a success,” Beall said. ” Law enforcement agencies are dedicated to doing what’s right to keep victims and their children safe.”
County, city and tribal law enforcement agencies participated in the event. The following is a list of participating agencies.
Belgrade Police Dept.
Bozeman Police Dept.
Cascade County Sheriff
Columbia Falls Police Dept.
Flathead County Sheriff
Fort Peck Tribal Law Enforcement
Gallatin County Sheriff
Great Falls Police Dept.
Helena Police Dept.
Hill County Sheriff
Kalispell Police Dept.
Lake County Sheriff
Laurel Police Dept.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff
Missoula Police Dept.
Polson Police Dept.
Ronan Police Dept.
Whitefish Police Dept.
Agencies supporting the sweep but unable to participate:
Billings Police Dept.
Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement
Havre Police Dept.
West Yellowstone Police Dept.