Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Mar 10, '15

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Today we were joined by David and Reno from the Circle K as usual. Kt's husband Mike and Mark's wife Nicole were also with us. In addition we had the rare treat of having Annie, Lachlan, Tricia, and Kaytlin from the Builder's Club along with their advisor Debby!

Dave and Cathy let us know that on April 11 we will be meeting at 9am in the Perkin's parking lot to go do a playground cleanup. Remember to bring your own gloves. Also, at 5pm on April 12 we will hold our Kiwanis 100th Anniversary banquet at the Front Street Station. More information on these two events will be forthcoming.

Cathy then introduced Sheriff Lester who introduced Officer Steve Horner. Officer Horner is now the canine officer for BSB law Enforcement. He was partnered with Buster last August. Officer then went to training in Texas in September to learn how to work with the dog and how to understand the dog's signaling.

Much of the dog's training is in drug detection. For most cases, the dog is trained with pseudonarcotics - chemicals that are harmless to the dog, but produce the same odor as narcotics. Officer Horner and Buster spend some time training in Bozeman with Bozeman's canine teams.

Buster is currently between three and a half and four years old, and will likely have an effective service life of 5 years. After he retires he will find a good home in accordance with the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department's policy at that time.

Officer Horner then hid two samples of the pseudonarcotic in the meeting room before bringing Buster in to find them.

While Officer Horner was getting Buster, Sheriff Lester let us know a little more about the Internet Crimes against Children officer, who can work with other law enforcement agencies around the country to address child pornography and exploitation, and about the Leads Online service which allows BSB law Enforcement to search for serial numbers or descriptions of stolen property to see if it has been pawned in the area. BSB has also received a $250k grant to hire two new officers. One is expected to work in victims services so victims can work with a single officer throughout their case instead of being switched back and forth and maybe having to go over the same information repeatedly, and the other is expected to work in public communications to help maintain and improve transparency in the department.

Steve Horner, New Police Dog
Steak and Mashed Potato
Event Updated
7:03 Tuesday, March 10, 2015