Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, May 1, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Paul announced that our Butte Central High Key Club is having a recruitment and thank you barbeque at Central at noon this Thursday. Weather permitting, we expect to be in the courtyard facing Idaho St., but if not we will be in the library (in the doors in the courtyard, up the stairs to the rotunda, turn left and walk to the end of the hall).

The Bike Rodeo is only three weeks away, Shawn reminded everybody that we need all the help we can muster. A signup sheet will go around starting next week.

Lee announced the board meeting this Thursday morning at 7 at Perkins.

Shawn introduced our speaker, Russ Robertson, currently a Sergeant with the Butte/Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department. Russ is married with two children and lives in Butte. He's been in Butte for 21 years, and has been on the police force for 20 years. he is originally from Deer Lodge. before moving to Butte he served in the military.

Russ is also a field instructor and a state firearms instructor as well as a state physical fitness instructor. The state physical fitness program is new, and Russ pushed the Butte department to join the program.

Safety is one of the most important things for law enforcement, and the vests that our club helped buy for the SWAT team a couple years ago are very helpful.

Property crime rates are directly related to drug crime rates, and as drub crimes are addressed, property crimes decrease. Information on crime rates is available on Montana state web site at (look for the "Crime Data" link which provides information, instructions, and data).

Russ felt he needed to run for office because of what he described as "irritations" in the current administration. These vary from things being done that shouldn't be to things not being done that should be. he also cited conflicts between the Butte/Silver Bow Law Enforcement department and other law enforcement agencies, like the drug task force, as well as friction within the law enforcement department. Another big issue is computers that were purchased by the department four years ago for in-car use by patrol officers, which still are not hooked into the state system to perform license plate lookups, drivers license lookups, or warrant checks. Russ would also like to see the department set goals and objectives, develop plans to achieve those goals, and then report progress to the public.

Russ is also proud of the volunteer work he has done as a law officer, particularly the Pig Bowl, which raised $18,000 for Mairah's Challenge and Montana Special Olympics.

Russ Robertson, Candidate for Sheriff
Chicken Strips and Fries
Event Updated
5:16 Tuesday, May 1, 2012