Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Dec 16, '14

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Today we were joined by Division 3 Lieutenant Governor Jim Greene of the Anaconda Kiwanis Club, as well as Matt and Reno from the Circle K.

Doug let us know that Butte AIDS Support Services (BASS) is selling their commemorative Christmas ornaments again. The ornaments are $10 each and half to that goes to BASS. Ornaments are available at various retailers in Butte, or check with Doug for more information. Also BASS is hosting "Christmas is a Drag" this Saturday, December 19 at the Mother Lode. Tickets are $15.

Keith let us know about Achieving Peace, Purpose, and Balance in Healthcare Delivery, a continuing education conference being held by St. James Healthcare January 22 -24, 2015. Thursday opens with Mass at 8:30 followed by "Remembering DJ O'Neill" at 9:30.

Also, we have Builder's Club meeting tomorrow at 12:30 in Ms. Tutty's room in Butte Central Middle School and Key Club meeting Thursday at 11:56 in the Butte Central High Library.

Next week is out Christmas Luncheon. Make sure you have your RSVP in or have signed up on the signup sheet!

Sunvee let us know that the Butte High History Club is collecting hats, gloves, and coats for kids and families staying with the Mission. The also got some movies, and spoke to Steele's Warehouse about getting a DVD player. Steele's donated a DVD player to the Mission, and Kim Steele, one of the winners of our 2014 Holiday Raffle, has decided to pass on some of her winnings to the Mission and to other causes in Butte. Our thanks go out to Kim!

Cathy then introduced Sheriff Ed Lester.

Sheriff Lester let us know that the county recently received a Federal grant to add two officers to the force for four years. Officers Connery and Berger were recently sworn in, promoted from the detention staff. New detention officers are being hired. The force is now at 51 officers, the highest it's been in the 25 years Ed has been on the force.

A few months ago the department got their first full-time K-9 unit. Buster works with officer Honer every day and have been beneficial in several investigations already.

The department now has a full time Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) officer. She works with other agencies to track online crimes involving children in the Butte area, whether the suspect or victim is here. Her cases have involved people in elsewhere in the US and in Canada.

Butte-Silver Bow is now also connected to Leads Online and can track pawned items sold to any participating pawn shop in the Northwest, from Colorado to Washington.

Among the patrol changes with BSB Law Enforcement are daily foot patrols uptown and rural patrols covering areas from Melrose to the East Ridge.

When Ed took office as Sheriff, one of the first things he was informed of is that the dispatch center was operating on equipment and software that was "beyond end of life." This system has been upgraded and they are getting up to speed with the new system.

BSB Law Enforcement has also implemented an Adopt a Cop program getting officers into the schools to work with kids at all levels as positive role models.

The department will also start testing body cameras after the beginning of the year. This will provide information useful in court as well as in the case of disciplinary actions, if necessary.

Sheriff Ed Lester
Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Rice
Event Updated
7:45 Tuesday, December 16, 2014