The Helena police department is taking a unique initiative to stop crime in the Capital City. The department is taking to the streets with a hands-on approach.
Instead of waiting for folks to call in crimes, one special task force is aiming to prevent them from ever happening. Three officers are focusing on proactively patrolling high traffic and crime areas, like downtown.
Detective Sergeant Danny David spearheaded the effort. He says often patrol officers get plagued with paper work, which prevents them from actually policing. He's aiming to change that.
“So the goal is to eventually lower the amount of crime that's going on in the city because we have officers out looking for it rather than just responding and being reactive,” said David.
David says because of funding, they won't be able to keep up the program forever. The trial will stop at the end of the month. That's also because school resource officers make up the squad. They'll soon return to their regular duties.
However, David says the program has shown significant success just in its three-week tenure. They've seized several grams of meth, arrested four folks for DUIs and made more than 150 traffic stops.