Missoula's mayor is looking at the possibility of adding five additional law enforcement officers to the city's staff. But they won't be gun-toting cops.
Mayor John Engen is calling them community resource officers. They won't have guns or even be sworn in. Their focus would be quality of life issues like garbage, dogs off leashes and what Engen calls 'goofy parking.'
“They'll help us with our community quality of life initiative,” said Engen. “Which is really all about helping to manage those violations of ordinances and regulations that don't necessarily rise to the occasion of having a sworn police officer.”
The plan for resource officers is still in the works. Engen hopes city council will fit it in the budget. He says it would cost about $250,000 to $300,000.
The budget may not be final until June. NBC Montana will keep you updated.