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 (SSTF) is a nationwide initiative that targets violent crimes. Its goal is to align FBI Agents with local law enforcement investigators to work in a collaborative effort to reduce violent crime in their communities. Its mission is to focus on gang, gun and drug-related violence through targeted and proactive investigations. MIssoula's FBI SSTF is called the Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force and it's one of over 175 FBI SSTFs across the United States. Missoula's task force involves several local, state and federal agencies and the Missoula Police Department was the FBI's first partner agency when the task force began in 2010.