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A2 SIDNEY HERALD.SUNDAY.JUNE 9. 20l9 YOUR NEWS Q&A Insight into law enforcement: Q&A with Sidney Captain Mark Kraft PHOTO BY NICOLE LUCINA, SIDNEY HERALD Max Fletcher and Brett Norby were inducted as Sidney Police officers on Monday, June 3. Justice Court Judge Luke Savage inducted the two as officers. From left: Brian Fletcher, Jody Fletcher, new inductee Max Fletcher, new inductee Brett Norby, Leah Norby and Rick Norby. BY NICOLE LUClNA Sidney Herald Has it been difficult to attract new officers? Yeah, we’re experiencing the same trends that law enforcement across the country experiences. Sidney perhaps a little more because it’s small, rural and fairly remote. Is the Sidney Police Department considered fully staffed? We are now that they’ve joined. There are 13 sworn in and one civilian support staff. What is the biggest hindrance rural police departments face when comes to staffing? I think its just attracting a large enough applicant pool to be able to get enough competitive candidates. We’ve had problems with- our applicant pool not being able to pass the additional written exam. So we will have had an opening open for a couple of months. We’ve extended invitations for testing out to that pool. Those that show up, we’ve just had problems with them not passing the test and then we’re kind of back to square one. Does the department offer housing or other incentives for new recruits? In 2016 Sage Court housing over in South Meadow became available. That was a collaborative effort between the City of Sidney and Richland County to provide housing for essential workers related to law enforcement. Well, not just law enforcement officers, but some support staff as well would be able to live there. It’s still available. What’s the average length of duty for officers? Usually somewhere between two and five years. A lot of times our officers come from somewhere else. We had a number of officers, both city and county from Minnesota. We recruited them out of one of the technical colleges and they put in a term of service in this community. With family ties they went back to where they’re from. What is the process for becoming an officer? It starts off with simply an application obtained from job service or the police department and it’s followed by an invitation to testing; which consists of a written exam, written psychological assessment and an oral board interview. Then, the successful candidates move to a background check which can take several weeks. Contacting past employers, schools, . teachers, neighbors. trying to be as thorough as possible and inviting only candidates with top character. NEWS Legal in oftheweek ‘I To learn more, read our brand new article "Know Your Rights When Dealing with a Debt Collector” on Did you know’ that there are certain things that'are illegal for a debt collector to do? 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' ‘,Sidneyll!raid is a‘membker of the ©2019 Sidney Herald, . v a Wick Communications Company S'l. HE Sli'iilLY, MT 59270 - (4nd .iirn Kim . 1n. Broker/Owner r 311,. usnnc Adan: mm muss $955,000 large city Idiot i3,068+/~ square feet and with an additional lot of 18,295+/— square feet next door glyesyou plenty of room to do just about anything; VISIT WWW.MISSOURIRIVERHEALTV. BULLETIN BOARD A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, June 18, from 12 pm. to 6 pm. at St. Matthew’s Parish Center, 310 7th Street SE, Sidney. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly recommended. To make an appointment, call Red Cross at 406—868—0911 or visit YOUR PHOTOS Send us your hometown hero photographs The Sidney Herald is looking for updates on our hometown military heroes. Do you have a picture in uniform? How about a family member going through-bootcamp or change of duty station? We would love to feature them in our Military Spotline section, which begins soon. Email: - Mail: 310 Second Ave., Sidney, MT 59270 AROUND THE AREA Monday,June 10 Richland County Chronic Disease Coali- tion meeting, Commu- nity Services Building, 1 p.m. Summer Art Camp begins for the week, MonDak Heritage Cen- ter, ages 10—12. Cost is $50 for nonmembers and $45 for members, space is limited. Call 433-3500 for more infor- mation or to sign up. Adult mental health first aid training, Pella Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.- 12:15 pm. Cost is $25. RSVP to angela. Both sessions must be attended for comple- tion oftraining. Tuesday,June 11 ., American Legion Post 12 meeting, Sidney Elks, 7 pm. Bow hunter educa- tion classroom course, 6 p.m., Richland County Extension Office. Online registration available at https://register— events/view/131522. Must be 12 years bid by June 11 to register. Adult mental health first aid training, Pella Lutheran Church, 8 a.m.- 12:15 pm. Cost is $25. RSVP to angela. Both sessions must be attended for comple- tion of training. Women's League, Sidney Country Club, pm. Wednesday,June 12 Healthy Kids Expo will. be hosted at the Event Center at the fair- grounds in Sidney from 10 am. 3 pm. Food, fun and education will be available for the whole family. Thursday,June 13 " Partnership for Prom- ise monthly meeting, 10 am. at Community Ser- vices Building. , 2019 Rendezvous at Fort Union, Kids Day, 10 am. 4:30 pm. The event is free. This move in ready home-is an updated gem! Featuring a large , master suite with a substantial " walk-in closet and full bathroom. The main floor has additional bed-rooms. 1 full bathroom, main floor laundry, updated kitchen with separate-dining area. The finished basement has a large What an amazing find in Fairview! This home with an additional lot is waiting for a family to claim as their own. The house has 2.75 bathrooms. 3 bedrooms on the main level and has a possibility of 2 more in the furnished daylight basement. Siding on a Friday, June 14 The Perfect Pair: Beer + Cheese, 7 p.m., MonDak Heritage Center. Tickets are $35/person or $25/MDHC Members. Limited space available, must be 21 or older. Saturday,June 15 Movie in the Park. "Wreck-it Ralph" will be shown at Veterans Memo— rial Park in Sidney. Lawn games and booths start at 8 pm. and the movie will begin at dusk. Grand opening and rib- bon cutting, Meraki Bou- tique, 314 S. Central Av- enue, 10 am. -4 pm. 2019 Rendezvous at Fort Union, 10 a.m.-4:30 pm. Free will benefit, Water- hole #3, Fairview 5 7 pm. Small silent auction and . bbq grill raffle. Proceeds will go to flood victims. Sunday, June 16 2019 Rendezvous at Fort Union, 10 am. — 4:30 pm. Monday, June 17 Sidney City Council meets at 6:30 pm. the first and third Monday of every month, unless otherwise noted, at City Hall, 115 Sec- ond St. SE. Summer Art Camp be— gins for the week, MonDak Heritage Center, am; 12 p.m., ages 8 10. Cost is $50 for nOnmembers and $45 for members, space is limited. Call 433-3500 for more information or to sign up. To Mars and Beyond, Pel- la Lutheran Church Vaction Bible School, June 17-21, 1 5 p.m., ages 4 through fifth grade. Register at pella- or contact Pella . Lutheran on Facebook. For questions, call 433-3350. Vacation Bible School, Pella Lutheran Church, Monday through Friday,‘ June 21. Ages 4 through fifth grade. Register at https://tmab.cokes~ Tuesday, June 18 Business After Hours, Anytime Fitness, 4 6 pm. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact the chamber at 433-1916. Women’s League, Sidney Country Club, '5 pm. Red Cross Blood Drive, St. Matthew’s Parish Cen- ter, 12 6 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but appoint- ments are strongly recom— mended. To make an ap- pointment, call Red Cross at 406-868-0911 or visit redcrossbloodorg. Wednesday, June 19 Painting for a Purpose, Meadowlark Public House, 6 — 9 pm. The event is fam- ily friendly and hosted by Out of the Darkness Com- munity Walk. Cost is $25, with 50 percent donated back to the walk. Friday, June 21 Bakken Beat Down De- molition Derby, Richland County Fair and Rodeo grounds. Show starts at 5 W“: Saturday, June 22 Bakken Beat Down De- molition Derby, Richland County Fair and Rodeo grounds. Show starts at 3 pm. Monday, June 24 Summer Art Camp, Mon— Dak Heritage Center, ages 6-8, begins for the week. Daily at '9 am. -. 12 pm. Cost is $50 for nonmem- bers and $45 for members, space is limited. Call 433- 3500 for more information or to sign up. Friday, June 28 Circus Saurus, 4:30 pm. and 7:30 p.m., Richland County Fair and Rodeo grounds. Shakespeare’s "Merry Wives of Windsor/"Veter- ans Memorial Park, at 6:30 ' p.m. Saturday,June29 , i :V Autism AwarenessflSk! run/walk.~Registratioh' be? gins at 8a.m. at Peters Park. Race begins at ear Registration can also be. done at visionofh’op'ene ' j; Monday,Julyl Sidney City Court 5, meets at 6:30 pm. the‘fl l and third Monday of e month, unleSsibtheFWTSél noted, at City Hall, 115 Sec-1“ ond St. SE. ‘ Tuesday,July2 y‘ p Women’s League, Sidney; Country Club, 5 pm. I I 35;; All Season Firearms 8: MDIOI'SIJONS 123 7th St SW, Sidney, MT 59270 22 Years of Service 406-433-6712