The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) announces that Frank Garner, Representative with the Montana State Legislature, is the recipient of the MBCC 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual award was presented at an Awards Breakfast on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the 11th Annual Montana Crime Prevention Conference in Helena, Montana. The annual conference focuses on crime prevention, public safety, juvenile justice and victims assistance programs, with this year’s theme “Justice Reform Through Cross-System Partnerships”.
The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a deserving individual (or group of individuals) who has achieved professional excellence and made lasting contributions to improve Montana’s justice system throughout their career. This award encompasses professionals across the entire justice system and includes law enforcement, crime prevention, public safety, victim services, juvenile justice, forensic science, prosecution, public defenders, courts, corrections and volunteers. The award honors an individual’s proven leadership, vision, and innovation in their field.
Representative Garner was a law enforcement officer for the Kalispell Police Department rising from patrolman to detective, undercover drug agent and chief in a tenure that spanned 20 years. Frank continues to be a community activist, dedicating his leadership talents and passion for people to enhance the quality of their lives. He was appointed as interim Kalispell City Manager for several months and is the past president of the Kalispell Rotary. He has served on numerous boards within the Flathead Valley and remains an active advocate within the Flathead Community College Alumni Advisory Board. He served several years at the college as an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice program, promoting law enforcement careers and providing a valuable link between law enforcement and the community.
As past President of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police (MACOP), Frank was a visionary leader who encouraged members to think and plan globally. Under his guidance, the membership grew substantially and MACOP became known statewide as an organization that advocated for law enforcement, providing training opportunities for its members and leadership training for youth. Frank continues to foster partnerships with the Attorney General’s office and state, local and county law enforcement, providing law enforcement leaders the opportunity to meet prior to legislative sessions to discuss and promote proposed laws that impact law enforcement while making our communities safer.
Retired from law enforcement in 2007, Frank immediately began a quest to promote law enforcement and the criminal justice system worldwide. He was hired as a police mentor/trainer in Afghanistan where he trained hundreds of Afghans in modern policing and was eventually promoted to a leadership position as assistant to the Deputy Contingent Commander in charge of operations. Being a man who advocates for humanity, Frank saw a need within a charitable organization in Afghanistan. Through his encouragement, a school for orphans was awarded funding from Frank’s Rotary Club in Kalispell, allowing the school to purchase items to keep orphans from freezing to death while they were housed in primitive conditions at the school. Frank returned to Kalispell in 2008 and has remained active in his leadership role. He served as Chief of Security for Kalispell Regional Medical Center, sharing his leadership and security expertise with thousands of employees. Frank retired from the hospital in 2016.
Frank was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 2014 and 2016, representing the downtown Kalispell area. Frank has been a fair, nonpartisan Representative and a champion of law enforcement legislation. He has sponsored and successfully passed legislation supporting police officers’ pensions, Law Enforcement Academy issues, and law enforcement concerns in general. Frank has been the “can do” legislator who advocates for his fellow law enforcement officers and the citizens of Montana.
Congratulations Representative Garner!
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The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) provides the Building Blocks for Safer Communities with grant funding, data to drive decision making, and collaborative partnerships. Since 1968, the MBCC has been proactively contributing to public safety, crime prevention and victim assistance with planning, policy development, and coordination of the justice systems in partnership with citizens, government, and communities. Our federally directed role is to facilitate strategic planning within the criminal justice system, identify crime prevention needs, promote public safety, and enhance, coordinate, and strengthen the performance of the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The agency is organized to administer and service the following independent, but interrelated, functional components: Grants Planning, Administration and Fiscal Management, Training and Technical Assistance, Juvenile Justice Initiatives, and Technical Services including law enforcement incident based crime data reporting. MBCC is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Montana Senate and has a staff of 18, based in Helena.
For more information, please visit our website at www.mbcc.mt.gov.