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Woman on winter sidewalk

With temperatures projected to drop below zero this weekend, Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich said crime should quiet down in Butte.

But he also said officers will be more on the lookout for people who may be homeless, stranded, or improperly dressed for the weather and at risk, especially at night.

In these situations, Skuletich said police often place people in protective custody so they can spend the night out of the cold and in jail. He said officers then inform local social services and attempt to find the person temporary housing.

Skuletich also said officers will sometimes pay on their personal credit cards for hotel rooms for people without a warm place to sleep. Last week, Skuletich and other officers donated money to help house a family that was stranded in Butte, he said.

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“We have picked up people sleeping frozen to the sidewalk and have had people die due to exposure,” Skuletich said. “We don’t want that to happen.”

If people plan on drinking or spending time outside when it’s below zero, Skuletich said, they should be sure to plan a safe ride home and should not go far without dressing properly.

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