Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, May 22, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Shawn announced that we had the best attendance we've had at a Bike Rodeo since he's been chairing the event. Some estimates are over 300 children came through. We ran out of pizza and had to order more, and we ran out of size 8 helmets and had to order more!

Shane announced that we are still looking for a speaker for June 5, as well as speakers for June 19 or later. If you have a speaker, talk to them and see if you can get them scheduled for an open date (check the site for current spaces) and then let Keith and Tim know.

Keith announced that we have two donation jars for the EliMiNaTe project, so if you would like one for your business, please let Keith know so we can get more made up. We have one at Benny's Power Toys and another at Miller's Shoe Store, and will get one to the Sports Authority shortly.

Shane then introduced Sheriff Walsh to talk about his campaign for re-election.

Sheriff Walsh believes that the best indicator of future performance is a review of past performance.

Over the last 12 years (three terms), he has increased the manpower of the department from 40 to 48, including creating the position of Crime Prevention Officer. He would like to see the force expanded to 55 or 56 to better serve the entire county. One thing we have seen is a decrease in highway crashes in Silver Bow County, and Sheriff Walsh believes the increased staff has contributed to this decrease.

Training is another area where improvements have been made under Walsh's tenure. The annual training budget has increased from $15,000 to $37,000. This has helped to fund leadership training for all sergeants and captains on the force. Firearms training has also improved from two sessions a year to monthly training during good weather, an improved shooting facility, and a new shooting simulator. This all contributes to a better and safer police force.

Equipment is another area where improvements have been made. Vehicles, computers, cameras, SWAT equipment, and weapons are among the many types of equipment that are on a more consistent replacement schedule now, or have been obtained for the first time. Previously cars would have 200,000 miles or more before they were replaced. Now cars are taken off patrol at around 80,000-100,000 miles and are turned over to investigative or administrative staff so patrol cars are as safe as they can be.

Sheriff Walsh maintains an open door policy inviting any member of the community or his staff to ask questions or to make comments or suggestions.

John Walsh, Encumbent for Sheriff
Bacon and Eggs with Hash Browns
Event Updated
3:23 Tuesday, May 22, 2012