Montana DoJ spokesman John Barnes said that unlike most states, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in Helena helps foster camaraderie among the various agencies.
“All of these officers train together,” Barnes said. “You know, other states, these different folks will train differently. The highway patrol will have its own academy, city and county will go one way, tribal law enforcement will do something else. They train together here, and that, I think, establishes a considerable amount of comradery that ends up helping them down the road.”
The 55 new officers will serve 27 different agencies across the state.