Police Chief Arrives
Hardin's new police chief rolled into town Friday. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to offer the position to Jeffrey Arntz of Buckner, Mo.
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#1 Apr 29, 2010
im sure he will do the same thing to that poor town he did to ours!! hey jeff please take the sgt. with ya !!!!
#2 Apr 29, 2010
funnny how he run to the hill's !! he saw the writing on the wall.... hey jeff you forgot to take the sgt. with ya ......
#3 Jul 13, 2010
It’s been almost two months since city police chief Jeffrey Arntz began placing orders online for police equipment, and with no place to store it once it finally gets here, the new city police department consisting of Arntz and deputies Brandon and Francesca Brashear, is anxious for the city to find them a place to work from.
“Patrolling hasn’t really started yet,” said Arntz.“We don’t have badges, uniforms, ticket books, or anything. We only have one radio, so that’s why we all three stayed together at the Little Big Horn Days events.”
The chief and his deputies were on hand for most of the events throughout the past two weeks such as the street dance and fireworks, working as a reserve unit for the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Department.
With a team that’s ready to get started but no place to put them, the city is working to find a place to house the three police officers who already have an assemble-it-yourself temporary holding cell and three police vehicles.“We can’t just keep working out of the mayor’s office,” said Arntz.“We know they will give us somewhere to go, but we don’t know where yet.”
One location being considered for the home of the police department and possibly the city judge is the old senior citizen’s center that is now vacant.“It’s an odd building,” said Arntz.“It’s long and narrow, but it’s plenty big and it will work if they will give it to us.”
If the old senior center is chosen, the city will have to decide what to do when it comes to constructing offices, Americans With Disabilities Act standardized bathrooms, updated electrical, cooling, and heating systems, a secure evidence room, and a place to bolt the temporary holding cell.“We called in an architect who gave us an estimate,” said Arntz,“but it was more than the city was willing to spend. We couldn’t have known that until we had someone look at it.”
Another location that was mentioned by Mayor Kim Hammond was the new fire hall.“We’re exploring a few locations. With federal grants that could be acquired at the beginning of the year, we could add on to the fire hall, but that would take several months. As for the Ping building, we would need about three to four months for renovation, then that same amount of time for construction, which would be expensive,” said Hammond.
According to the mayor, costs are on par with the police department being frugal with their expenditures.“So far we have spent about $240,000 for personnel, vehicles, and equipment but that’s good. Some people think we didn’t need some things like the four wheelers but that’s a valuable necessity, it’s almost like an extra officer, and if gas prices go back up, it would be cost effective to patrol with them.”
Having worked together in the past, the team seems optimistic that they will be able to police even with a short staff.“We had a small staff in the past where there was a drug problem and the task force was overworked. We didn’t care though, we just did it ourselves. We’re not afraid to get involved instead of pushing it off on someone else,” said Brashear.
As for the response of the community, it has been a positive one for the new police team.“There have been a lot of positive comments made,” said Hammond.
“People are concerned about DUIs, people loitering on the streets, and there is a problem with the curfew for kids being enforced,” said Brashear. Arntz agreed saying,“Kids are out all night long. There is also tobacco and drugs around the schools and vandalism and domestic violence are also two huge issues around here.”
“The thing to remember,” said Brashear,“is we’re not the city’s police department, we’re the people’s police department. We’re here for them, and they aren’t going to want us to be understaffed.”
#4 Aug 23, 2010
Interesting, that it really takes so much money to run a valuable police dept. when their are so many grants that offer equipment. I wonder if his new office has $20,000 worth of hardwood floors and brand new state of the art computers and furniture. I wonder if after all this he can show just how much crime has been deterred because all he did in Buckner was spend money. Someone should just look at the statistics now that he is gone.
And the Sgt. he took with him. Let's see how many cases she actually prosecutes. In a few years the truth will come out about how competent they are.
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