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Posted on: April 6, 2023

Building a safer Billings: City council and leadership identify biggest community challenges

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Your Billings City Council and department directors spent the Mar. 31, 2023 weekend identifying the biggest issues facing our community. 
They included, in no particular order: 
-Lack of consequences for criminal behavior
-Segregation of the Native American population
-Domestic Violence
-High levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE scores)
None of the problems mentioned above come with a simple, single, speedy solution. As a matter of fact, you can take each of these and branch them off into subproblems. And we recognize more issues exist, but these alone were heavy conversations to have packed into two days. 
Admitting the flaws of the City where we live, work, and play isn’t easy. But our community deserves the best. 
Local organizations with expertise in these areas also joined in on the discussion because we know we won’t be able to fix these alone at the city government level. Thank you to the Rimrock Foundation, the Mental Health CenterRiverStone HealthSubstance Abuse Connect Coalition, Yellowstone County District Judge Ashley Harada, Municipal Court Judge Sheila Kolar, and Billings Public Schools for being our experts in the room to guide us, ask us the hard questions, and provide a dose of reality. 
We have a big challenge ahead of us as we create and tackle a strategy for a safer Billings. 
Your council and department leaders are committed to the cause. 

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