Montana Department of Justice

Investigations Bureau

The Investigations Bureau is comprised of the Fire Prevention and Investigation Section, the Major Case Section, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Montana Analysis and Technical Information Center (MATIC). The Investigations Bureau specializes in a number of fields. At the request of city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the bureau’s staff provide direct assistance in a broad range of criminal investigations such as:

  • homicide and other felony violent crimes
  • arson and other fire investigations
  • Medicaid fraud
  • elder abuse and exploitation within health care facilities
  • computer related crime
  • sex crimes
  • corruption and official misconduct
  • complex financial crimes
  • criminal information exchange and coordination

Contact the Investigations Bureau

John Strandell, Chief
Investigations Bureau
2225 11th Avenue
P.O. Box 201417
Helena, MT 59620-1417
Phone: (406) 444-2053

About the Investigations Bureau

Fire Prevention and Investigation Section
This section includes the Montana State Fire Marshal’s Office. More information about this office, including contact information for the Montana Fire Marshal, can be found on the State Fire Marshal’s Office page.

Major Case Section
The Major Case Section provides criminal investigative assistance to city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies at their request. The section also conducts criminal investigations of allegations referred by the Montana State Fund and Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force. We have partnered with the Montana ICAC Task Force to assist in educating, investigating, and prosecuting computer-facilitated child exploitation cases.

Lee Johnson, Supervisor
Phone: (406) 586-0902

The section has staff in four regional offices across the state:

Major Case Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 31094
Billings, MT 59107
Phone: (406) 896-4376

Major Case Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 991
Great Falls, MT 59403-0991
Phone: (406) 791-2700

Major Case Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 8127
Bozeman, MT 59773
Phone: (406) 586-0902

Major Case Section
Division of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 1864
Kalispell, MT 59903-1864
Phone: (406) 756-7321

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is responsible for investigating any crime that occurs in a health care facility, including theft, drug diversion, sexual assault and homicide. The section also investigates elder exploitation, elder abuse and fraud by providers within the Medicaid system. This may include investigations into doctors, dentists, durable medical equipment companies, mental health providers, home health providers, and other Medicaid providers.

To report Medicaid provider fraud or elder abuse, call the Medicaid Fraud hotline at (800) 376-1115.

Debrah Fosket, Director
Phone: (406) 444-4606

Montana Analysis & Technical Information Center (MATIC)

The Montana Analysis & Technical Information Center’s (MATIC) mission is to collect, store, analyze and disseminate information on crimes that have occurred or are suspected to law enforcement, community and government officials.

MATIC is a multi-agency entity that involves the Division of Criminal Investigation, Department of Corrections, Department of Military Affairs, and the Helena Police Department. MATIC has been designated by the Governor’s Office as the state’s fusion center.

MATIC is composed of two separate programs: the Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Critical Infrastructure Protection program. Each program contributes to Montana’s safety by providing critical public safety information to first responders, law enforcement leaders and government officials.

In compliance with Montana law, the Attorney General established an advisory board for MATIC in 2003. The board oversees the Center, ensuring that MATIC adopts, implements and complies with policy regarding safeguarding an individual’s right to privacy.

Contact MATIC:

Bryan Costigan, Section Supervisor
Phone: (406) 444-1314

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Attorney General's Office & Legal Services Division

The Attorney General’s Office, headed by Attorney General Tim Fox, and the Legal Services Division function as the lawyers for the State of Montana. The attorneys in the Office have expertise in a wide range of legal topics and handle a broad range of legal cases involving the State of Montana and its people.

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Children’s Justice Bureau

The Children’s Justice Bureau is an agency-wide initiative at the Montana Department of Justice dedicated to IMPROVING how we respond to child victims, DEVELOPING state-of-the-art approaches by keeping up with the newest research and, most importantly, HELPING child victims recover and move on with their lives.

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Division of Criminal Investigation

The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Montana Department of Justice is involved in many aspects of Montana law enforcement and is integral to the Department dciof Justice’s mission of promoting public safety.

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Forensic Science Division & State Crime Lab

The mission of the Montana Forensic Science Division is to use operationally efficient and financially responsible practices as the laboratory provides accurate, objective, and timely forensic analyses to the criminal justice community in order to maximize value to the citizens of Montana.

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Missing Persons Clearinghouse

The Missing Children Act of 1985 established a Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse within the Department of Justice. In March 2008, the department implemented a searchable online database that, for the first time, is updated in real time and includes any photos provided by law enforcement.

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Office of Victim Services

The goal of the Office of Victim Services is to provide tools and information to help crime victims recover from their experience and provide them with a range of services available. The criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating for victims. To assist them as they go through the justice system, the Office of Victim Service is available to answer any questions they may have.

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Central Services Division

The Montana Department of Justice’s Central Services Division provides financial and human resources support for the department. We make sure that everything works for the people Working for Justice. If you’re interested in a rewarding career helping protect the rights and safety of all Montanans, we invite you to join our team of over 800 dedicated employees working across the state.

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Justice Information Technology Services Division

Our Justice Information Technology Services Division (JITSD) provides vital Information Technology (IT) infrastructure upon which Montanans and lojitsdcal and state law enforcement agencies rely for timely, accurate information. JITSD manages the IT systems, services, and interfaces to support nearly 800 DOJ employees, 325 statewide county motor vehicle system users, and over 3,000 Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) users across the state.

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Montana Highway Patrol

Montana is rich in natural beauty and history. From Glacier Park in the west to Makoshika Park in the east, the men and women of the Montana Highway Patrol are working hard to make your travels safe and enjoyable. The Highway Patrol’s core values are “Service, Integrity and Respect.” These values are reflected in our commitment to public safety through diligent and fair enforcement of our traffic codes.

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Montana Law Enforcement Academy

The Montana Law Enforcement Academy is the premier law enforcement and public safety educational and training institution for state, county, city and tribal officers throughout the state. The Academy offers entry-level programs referred to as Basic Programs and advanced training through an array of Professional Development Programs.

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Public Safety Officer Standards & Training

The Council was formed in 2007 under 2-15-2029, MCA as an independent Quasi-judicial board. And as allowed by statute the Council adopted Administrative Rules in order to implement the provisions of Title 44, chapter 4, part 4, MCA. Per 44-4-403, MCA the Council is required to set employment and training standards for all Public Safety Officers as defined in 44-4-401, MCA and in addition the Council shall provide for the certification or recertification of public safety officers and for the suspension or revocation of certification of public safety officers.

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Gambling Control Division

Through the Gambling Control Division, the Department of Justice regulates all forms of gambling in Montana, except for the Montana Lottery and horse racing. The legislature has charged the division with maintaining a uniform regulatory climate that is fair and free of corrupt influences. The division is also responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments.

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Motor Vehicle Division

The mission of the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is to identify and promote efficient, cost-effective programs that benefit the interests, safety, and well-being of Montana citizens through licensing, registering, and regulating the motoring activities of the public. The MVD continuously strives for excellence in customer service. Streamlining the way we do business has allowed us to improve our efficiency and make our services more convenient for our customers.

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Natural Resource Damage Program

The Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) was created in 1990 to prepare the state’s lawsuit against the Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) for injuries to the natural resources in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin (UCFRB). Decades of mining and mineral processing operations in and around Butte and Anaconda released substantial quantities of hazardous substances into the Upper Clark Fork River Basin between Butte and Milltown. These hazardous substances extensively degraded the area’s natural resources.

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Office of Consumer Protection

Enforce consumer laws designed to protect the consumer from unfair or deceptive business practices. Enforce statutes relating to telephone solicitation and telemarketing. Provide information to consumers about their basic rights under consumer laws. Assist consumers by distributing consumer education materials including scam and consumer alerts. Investigate false, misleading, or deceptive trade practices.

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Human Trafficking

The Montana Department of Justice has a continued commitment to victims of human trafficking. In partnership with federal authorities, our agency plays a key role in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of crimes related to human trafficking in Montana. This form of modern day slavery does happen here in Big Sky Country.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program

Montana’s deadliest drugs aren’t made in secret labs and they don’t always come from dealers on the corner. They’re in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans — making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined. Our kids report the third-highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the country and more than half of them say prescription drugs are easier to get than street drugs.

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Safe in Your Space

When it comes to embracing new technology, kids have rapidly outpaced their parents and teachers. By their early school years, many children are already more comfortable on the Internet than their parents. But just because children are smart enough to know how to navigate the Internet, doesn’t mean they have the experience to make good decisions about some of the possibilities they may face online.

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Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry

Created by the Montana Department of Justice in 1989, the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is a valuable resource for Montanans to protect their families against sexual or violent offenders.

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Montana 24/7 Sobriety Program

Drinking and driving has been a chronic – and deadly — problem on Montana’s roadways for decades. In 2008, Montana was ranked as the deadliest state in the nation when it came to per capita DUI-related traffic fatalities.

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Work for Justice

Everyday at The Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. We’re passionate about what we do because it’s more than a job or a career. It’s about who we are as people. If this sounds like you, your unique experiences, knowledge, and values may be just what the Montana Department of Justice is looking for and needs. In return we can offer a culture that promotes fairness and growth opportunities.

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