Montana Highway Patrol Adds District Office in Havre
HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol on Monday held the grand opening of its new district office in Havre. District VIII will cover Phillips, Blaine, Hill, Liberty, Toole, Glacier, Chouteau and Pondera Counties.
The new district covers the northern half of what had been District II, a 16-county area with headquarters in Great Falls.
“The new office should improve the Patrol’s service to the people in this area and allow closer cooperation with other agencies on the Northern Tier,” said Attorney General Mike McGrath.
Butch Huseby is the new District Captain. Huseby, a Conrad native, has been with the Patrol for 11 years, most recently as a detachment commander in Great Falls.
“We would like to strengthen our cooperation with other law enforcement agencies on the Hi-Line,” Huseby said. “Even though our mission is primarily traffic enforcement and education, we also need to work more closely with border protection agencies and to assist with homeland security in any way we can. In rural Montana, no one law enforcement agency has the resources to do everything, so it’s important that we work together.”
Beginning in January 2005, the Patrol will track fatalities and other monthly crash information for the new district.
The Montana Highway Patrol is the state’s largest law enforcement agency, and has approximately 200 uniformed officers who drive over 5.5 million miles and respond to over 70,000 calls for service each year.