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 19 officers assigned to the Detective Division, including one captain, one lieutenant, and three sergeants. There are four civilian personnel assigned as Evidence and Crime Scene Technicians, and transcriptionists.
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.
Evidence and Identification
The Evidence and Identification Section of the Detective division collects, maintains, and disposes of evidence, and property, according to accepted protocols.
Processing crime scenes, maintaining digital image evidence, preparing visual aids for court or department presentations, and performing fingerprinting services and handwriting analysis are also functions of the Evidence and Identification Section.