|October 24, 2013
Tribal police nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award
By Lailani Upham
PABLO — The Montana Board of Crime Control announced last month that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police Department was nominated for the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The nomination came to the Board from Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Jim Sanderson.
It is the first time the CSKT Police Department received a nomination.
The award is given to an individual or group who has achieved professional excellence and made lasting contributions to promote and support improvements to Montana’s justice system, according to MBCC Executive Director, Brooke Marshall.
The distinction encompasses professionals throughout the justice system and honors proven leadership, vision, and innovations in their field, Marshall added.
“It’s a huge honor for our department to be recognized for the dedicated work we do day in and day out in all areas from detention, communications, patrol, investigations, support staff,” stated CSKT Police Chief Craige Couture.
However, the recipient of the award was retired Montana Department of Corrections Director, Mike Ferriter.
Ferriter was selected from a group of sixteen nominees across Montana.
He served in the Montana corrections system for over 35 years and retired last year. He started out as a Youth Court Officer in Great Falls, and later to parole officer, then prelease center director in Missoula. He was also Bureau Chief of Probation and Parole. He also served as Administrator of the Adult Community Corrections Division in 1995, and Director of the Department of Corrections in 2006. He was known to be multi-faceted throughout his career and always remained grounded in what he said was the most important part of his work, “helping others.”
Couture boasted that his department aspired to go far and above the call of duty and was very proud of the nomination.
“They put in a lot of hours and are good people to work with, so it’s easy to come to work, Couture said.”
The Montana Board of Crime Control is the designated state agency that administers millions of grant dollars dedicated to crime prevention and assuring justice system improvements. The 18-member board, appointed by Governor Steve Bullock, represents law enforcement, criminal and juvenile justice system stakeholders, tribal communities and citizens. The members deliver oversight, and accountability of systems charged with serving justice and public safety.
For more information visit the MBSS’s website at www.mbcc.mt.gov.