Missoula police, fire make budget requests to city

Additional police patrol cars, a wellness app for law enforcement and the Mobile Support Team were topics of discussion in recent Missoula Budget Committee of the Whole meetings. 

Missoula Fire Department leaders also called for continued resources, namely to bolster their Mobile Support Team. The council won’t approve a final budget until later in August. 

Missoula police have a proposed 2023 budget of $21,351,656, a 2.01% increase from this year. For the 2022 fiscal year, the police department budgeted $21,025,904 with an actual expenditure amount of $20,085,678. 

Missoula police are requesting five new marked patrol cars along with a patrol motorcycle, Missoula Police Detective Division Captain Mike Colyer said at the meeting. The department lists this as a $325,000, one-time cost.

“We have a newer and more efficient way of deploying police officers in the patrol division,” Colyer said. “What that does is overlaps more officers to be available at the times of the day and the days of the week identified as the highest call volume.”

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An overlap method means more officers working where they’re needed and less where they’re not needed, he explained.

“That heavy overlap creates the need for

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