Impact of school threats hits deep


February 8, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Havre Police Senior Officer Justin Gomke watches over students at Havre High School this morning. The Havre Police Department increased its presence in the Havre School District after a cryptic message was found in a boys bathroom Nov. 8, at Havre High School. Along with the Havre police, the Hill County Sheriff's Office is adding extra patrols at Havre schools.

In the past year, Havre schools have seen at least four reported threats and while nothing has come of them, their impact is still felt deep within the community.

Havre Police Chief Gabe Matosich said that each threat takes up resources from the department. Officers who are working other cases or patrolling in different areas get pulled from their areas and have to come assist, he added.

Matosich said there are also financial implications to the department. In some situations, they'll have to call in officers who are off duty and that's when overtime starts to factor in.

"It's starting t...

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