Sequester Will Not Bring “Any Major Effects at All” to Missoula County Sheriff’s Department
Over the weekend, the White House released a forecast of how the sequester could effect Montana. One of the items on the list of cuts are $66,000 worth of grants to local law enforcement and prosecution agencies
Missoula County Sheriff's department Public Information Officer Jason Johnson says his department tries to "avoid funding things we do with grant money. Certainly when we're talking about wages or positions in the department, we don't want those things soft funded. That being said we do receive a small amount of grant money for a couple of our programs. One of those is our evidence program and another is the narcotics program we have here that is a joint task force. But, overall, its not going to have any major effects at all."
Johnson says that for an emergency service organization to fund a primary service or an employee's salary with grant money would be “poor planning.”