Multi-agency task force cleans up Gallatin and Park counties

Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford at the press conference

BOZEMAN- The Gallatin County Violent Offender Task Force warrant operation arrested 31 people in "Operation Spring Sweep."

It was reported that during this operation, officers worked 63 cases, and deemed 52 resolved by either arrest or other dispositions.

Thirty-one physical arrests were made either on outstanding warrants or on new charges.

This came together because in 2018 local law enforcement joined the task force officially. 

Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford said this something we can start to see more of now that they are a part of the task force.

This multi-agency operation has the goal of reducing violent crime in Bozeman, Belgrade, Livingston as well as Gallatin and Park counties as a whole.

Crawford said this is a powerful team that sends a strong message to people thinking about doing wrong.

U.S. Marshal Rob Ostermiller claims that these operations reduce cost to taxpayers by deterring crime. 

“The winners are the communities in which we work in you’ll see a difference in crime rate [and the] recidivism rate,” Ostermiller said. “You’ll also see a big difference in the way we operate. We’re much more efficient when we work together and that benefits the taxpayers.”

One message driven home in the press conference was how this operation will directly contribute to improved public safety through the county for everyone at home this all because of the joint efforts of our law enforcement.

“That makes an impact when you’re able to take that number of suspects off the street and the ripple of fact that that has the kind of chilling effect on bad behavior it’s definitely a positive for the community,” Crawford said.

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