Articles written by Bill Burt

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  • Vote for change - Bring safety back to Missoula

    Bill Burt, Missoula, Montana|Sep 15, 2022

    During my law enforcement career, I served in many capacities. The last seven years were spent as an administrator serving as Patrol and Administrative Captain. It was during these years that the Jail Diversion Master Plan (JDMP) was developed, something that we at the Sheriff’s Office are proud to have been part of. Jail diversion was created out of necessity. It was something wanted by the public, needed for overcrowding issues and became essential when COVID was at its peak. The purpose of jail diversion is to provide alternatives to i...

  • Vote to fight rising crime rates this November

    Bill Burt, Missoula, Montana|Aug 11, 2022

    Right now, as I am writing this piece, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m., the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is engaged in a standoff just north of the Wye with at least two people that were discovered committing a residential burglary. These two men are well known to local law enforcement, the courts, prosecutor’s office and are regulars at the Missoula jail (aka Career Criminals). Most people will probably never hear about this incident because it is just commonplace anymore. What is also not unusual about this is that one of the people involved in the...

  • Burt announces candidacy for Justice of Peace

    Bill Burt, Candidate for Justice of the Peace 1|May 19, 2022

    MISSOULA - My name is Bill Burt. I have recently retired from a 30-year career in law enforcement, most of these years right here as a Captain in the Missoula Sheriff’s Office. Last March, I filed as a candidate for Missoula County Justice of the Peace Department #1. This year, Missoula voters will have a clear choice when it comes to the background, education, training and practical experience of their next judge. And that matters. Being a Montana native, coming from a very large family and working as a front-line law enforcement officer for m...