Project Safe Neighborhoods

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. 

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.