Grant allows for new Flathead County school resource officers

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 13:42:07-04

KALISPELL – The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office will be able to add two new school resource officers thanks to a community effort.

The Flathead Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees provided the initial grant, funded by unclaimed capital credit dollars, to develop a school resource officer program.

Retired capital credit checks are issued to current and former members of the Co-Op each year, but despite their best efforts to find members, some of those checks went unclaimed.

Once they remain that way for five or more years, Montana law requires them, as a member-owned, non-profit, to use that money for educational purposes, in their service territory, or allocate it to the state’s general fund.

After careful consideration, they decided to help start the SRO program in Flathead County, which hasn’t had one.

Sheriff Brian Heino says one officer will be housed in Evergreen and another in Bigfork, but both will be of assistance throughout the entire Flathead Valley.