POLSON - Four people have been arrested in the latest of a series of drug raids in Polson.
Polson Police Sergeant George Simpson says officers, with assistance from the Flathead Tribal Police Department, executed two search warrants on Saturday evening.
Several items including methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found by police during the raids. Simpson added in a news release that "several children were removed from these dangerous living conditions."
"The youth of our community is the most important thing to us and that’s why we’ve kind of shifted our focus at least in our department from the war on drugs to rescuing the children in drug houses and drug situations," Sgt. Simpson told MTN News. "Obviously the war on drugs around the country from our perspective isn’t really working the way we’d like to see it so we’ve shifted the focus."
Sgt. Simpson said the department has shifted its focus towards protecting children from drug addicted caregivers and unhealthy environments. He said this has been the focus for two years but the last two months is when they have started to issue search warrants
Though the goal is to remove these children from unhealthy circumstances, Simpson said the last thing they want is to keep families apart.
"It’s important that people realize that these are not problem parents these are not problem people. These are parents with a problem and people with problems," Sgt. Simpson said.
"Sometimes they need that jail intervention so they can help get cleaned up and get in a drug treatment facility. That’s what people need and so they can get their children back. I mean that’s the goal. We’re not trying to break up family," he added.
They try to place children who are removed from their homes with another family member while the parents seek treatment. Polson police are also encouraging folks to come forward with any information about children who may be in a dangerous situation.
The four people who were taken into custody on Saturday face charges including endangering the welfare of children, evidence tampering and having outstanding arrest warrants,