Roundup for Safety grant to provide safer police interactions in Libby

A $5,000 Roundup for Safety grant will help provide officers of the Libby Police Department with body worn cameras to document their interaction with the community. Libby Police Chief Scott Kessel says the cameras are a proven resource that protects both the public and the officers.

“Studies have found that police are more proactive in preventing crime when they wear a camera. The devices also help enhance evidence for cases that progress to courts; more relevant training based on analysis of captured footage; rapid resolution of complaints, due to the existence of video evidence; and law enforcement’s increased transparency with the public.”

In addition to the Libby Police Department, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board also awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the March meeting to $18,995:

City of Whitefish – $1,000 for AEDs;

Friends of the Flathead Avalanche – $5,000 for a Ridgeline Weather Station;

Flathead Area Mountain Bikers, Inc. – $900 for communication equipment and First Aid kits; and

Kalispell Regional Medical Center – $7,095 for youth bike helmets.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Wendy Ostrom Price at 406-751-1820 or visit www.flatheadelectric.com/roundup.