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Program Highlights 

Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) honors criminal justice programs and community-based programs that merit recognition for providing effective services to address public safety-related issues in their communities or statewide.  For your program to be considered, please complete the information below and provide any supplemental materials as appropriate.  MBCC will highlight at least two programs per year and applications will be archived for future consideration.  MBCC will highlight programs with a statewide press release, certificate of recognition, placement of program information on MBCC’s website and attendance scholarship/recognition at the Annual Montana Crime Prevention Conference.

Program Highlight Letter

Program Highlight Submission Form


2016 Fall Recipient


Musselshell/Golden Valley/Witness Program - Survivor Assistance Dog Pyper


The Musselshell Golden Valley Witness Assistance Program was created in 2007 to provide comfort to reduce a victim’s anxiety, resulting in more accurate interviews, interaction with both prosecution and defense, and ease the stress for victims of violent crime as they prepare to testify and testify in court.The human-animal bond is strong and evidence of its power is being seen in medical and law enforcement offices throughout the country.  Pyper’s presence in the court room and with victims creates a more  humane and efficient system that enables all to accomplish their work in a more positive and constructive manner. Since 2010, Pyper has attended over 25 forensic interviews with children, attended nine rape examinations with adult victims; attended 11 emergency medical treatments after victimization and has attended court hearings with 22 child victims in addition to logging hundreds of hours in the courtroom attending arraignments, change of plea hearings and sentencing hearing.

Pyper is available to every agency throughout Montana and routinely travels to assist victims as they prepare to testify in court.


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Tami Allen,
Musselshell Golden Valley Victim/Witness Advocate, Pyper, Facility Dog, Laura Obert, MBCC Board Chair


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