President Donald Trump is coming to Billings on Thursday, and Q2 reports that Police Chief Rich St. John anticipates it will be all hands on deck for the BPD, in preparation for Trump’s rally at MetraPark. St. John said that while resources will be focused on the president’s visit, they still has to staff for normal day to-day operations. St. John added [quote] “We anticipate some protesters so we want to make sure that is handled appropriately,” [end quote] The Chief said they have rights to free speech and expression, but will make sure they don’t infringe on anybody else’s rights. He also mentioned the event will be one of the biggest hits to the department’s budget with overtime costs. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit in July cost the BPD $20,000 in overtime. Get more online at;

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