Kurt Alme

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, flanked by local law enforcement officials, speaks at a Project Safe Neighborhoods press conference in Billings May 8.
Nicky Ouellet

One year into a federal initiative aimed at reducing violent crime rates, law enforcement officials in Billings say they’ve curbed an upward trend.

Jackie Yamanaka/YPR

Law enforcement officials say their collaborative effort to crack down on meth-fueled violent crime has resulted in a slight reduction in the number of murders, aggravated assaults and robberies in Yellowstone County. 

Crime Victim Advocates Honored For Their Work

Sep 25, 2018
Jackie Yamanaka/YPR

Two crime victim advocates were honored by Montana’s top law enforcement officials.  Michele Stewart and Erin Harris were recognized as outstanding advocates of the year for their work helping crime victims, including those on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations.

Jackie Yamanaka

Violent crime in Montana is up almost 35% through 2016 from its low in 2010 according to the FBI. And that figure is much higher in Billings. Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine is behind that uptick.