About the Detective Division

The Missoula Police Department's Detective Division is responsible for pursuing justice on behalf of victims of crimes against persons, property, and society.

There are 20 sworn members of Detective Division and two non-sworn transcriptions. The Detective Division also has two crime victim advocates and one University of Montana Police Department Detective co-located with us.


Detectives are assigned to investigate and assist in the prosecution of property crime including burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, stolen property and theft, embezzlement, fraud, forgery and counterfeiting, and weapons crimes.

Detectives are also assigned to investigate crimes against persons which include homicide, rape, assault, robbery, offenses against partners, and family members, and prostitution.


The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program is a nationwide initiative started in 1998 under the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention. By 2007, every state in the union had a funded ICAC task force program.

The ICAC program helps state and local law enforcement officials work together to educate the public, investigate cases and arrest those who use computers to prey upon and exploit children. ICAC also encourages law enforcement agencies to work with prosecutors on holding these criminals responsible for their actions.


The Missoula Police Department is a member of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, comprised of other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

HIDTA works cooperatively with these other agencies in the investigation and enforcement of illegal narcotic drug laws.


The FBI's Safe Streets Task Forces resulted from the Congressional Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative in 1992.  Its goal is to effectively align FBI Agents with local law enforcement investigators, along with federal and state prosecutors, to work in a cooperative effort to reduce violent crime.  Its mission is to focus on gang and drug-related violence to address violent crime issues within a community through targeted/proactive investigations.  Missoula Safe Streets Task Force is called the Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force and it's one of over 175 FBI Safe Streets Task Forces across the United States.  Missoula's task force involves several local, state and federal agencies working in a collaborative effort to target crimes committed by violent offenders.  The Missoula Police Department was the FBI's first partner agency when the task force began in 2011.