The Sheriff of Missoula County is the chief law enforcement officer and is responsible for the enforcement of state and county laws and statutes. The Missoula County Sheriff also serves as coroner, investigating all unattended deaths or deaths that may be criminally caused.
The department provides speakers for civic groups and schools, and assists in programs such as fingerprinting and photographing children for identification purposes as a prevention against child abduction.
Record-keeping and offender registrations are an important role of the department. A Special Response Team is available for call-out 24 hours a day.
Auxiliary units with the Sheriff's Department include Reserves, Search and Rescue, and Sheriff's Cadets.
The patrol officers travel more than 750,000 miles annually to patrol the 2,600 square miles of Missoula County. They write about 3,000 investigative reports that result in either immediate arrest of the suspects or are turned over to the detective division for further follow-up and prosecution.
The detective division investigates narcotics, crimes against persons and crimes against property. The warrants section coordinates the entry of wanted persons into local, state, and national systems (NCIC) and works with the detention transport team to bring wanted persons back to Missoula County for prosecution.
The Sheriff is responsible for running the Missoula County Detention Facility, which is located at 2340 Mullan Road, Missoula, Montana, 59808.
Reserve Deputy Unit
The Missoula County Reserve Deputy Unit is comprised of men and women who receive law enforcement training, and who work at special events, such as concerts, or who work on patrol, volunteering their time to assist the Sheriff's Department and the citizens of Missoula County.
Search & Rescue
Missoula is another volunteer auxiliary unit of area men and women who respond to calls for missing people, water rescues, and avalanches. Visit their new information page with us.
Cadets are high school aged students who are interested in Law Enforcement, either as a future career or as an after school activity. Cadets receive law enforcement training in general and learn specifics about the Missoula County Sheriff's Department.