Montana

Jul 11, 2012 11:32 PM by MTN News

DOJ interviewing Missoula Police Dept. employees

MISSOULA- U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigators are interviewing Missoula Police Department employees this week as part of a investigation into how the city police, University of Montana and the Missoula County Attorney's Office handle sexual assault allegations.

Justice Department investigators are interviewing police staff from patrol officers to the chief to determine if the department has any discriminatory practices.

Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir said the three investigators include a Justice Department attorney and two experts in violence against women who are under contract with the department. One expert used to work in law enforcement, and the other is a former prosecutor.

Muir said investigators are conducting one-to-two hour interviews with about 15 people in the department, but they might talk to more people later on in the investigation.

"They're not here to specifically look at individual cases at the moment. They're looking at how the police department operates and the manner in which we go about to find the truth," Muir said.

Justice Department officials declined a request for an interview.

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