Helena leaders hear testimony for & against officers in schools

The Helena City Commission heard testimony Thursday for and against keeping uniformed police officers in Helena public schools.

The city held the first meeting in a planned review of the Helena Police Department’s operations, announced in the wake of nationwide calls for police reform after the death of George Floyd.

City leaders decided to focus the first work session on HPD’s School Resource Officer program, which places four uniformed officers on Helena Public Schools campuses.