Here’s my favorite part, which came in a handout yesterday of departmental new requests. You can see exactly what it costs to outfit a new Missoula Police Department officer for the job.
Overtime fringe: $147
Handgun: $700 (Remember that scene in La Femme Nikita? Nikita is presented with a huge selection of firearms and told she can only pick two. Probably the cops don’t get to pick.)
Radio: $3,200 (Spendy suckers. My cell phone plays the radio. Just kidding.)
MLEA Basic Training: $1,200 (This must be Montana Law Enforcement Academy)
Annual training and recertification: $600
Pre-employment exams: $850 (No idea … Drug tests? Driving while cell phone talking tests? Hee.)
Misc. Office supplies: $300
Ticket printing: $320
Cell phone service: $252 (Looks like for the year. Sweet deal if that’s the case.)
Misc. operating supplies: $500
The city is splitting the cost with “downtown partners.”
More to come on budget stuff later I’m sure.
— Keila Szpaller