A proposal to cut the budget of the Montana Highway Patrol by 7.7 million dollars is being called "irresponsible" by the MHP.
The MHP said in a post on its Facebook page that it "is extremely disappointed in Governor Bullock’s recent budget proposal that would reduce the Patrol by 27 troopers and slash our budget by $7.7 million."
According to the MHP website, there are currently 243 troopers serving.
The MHP claims that this "irresponsible proposal" would devastate public safety services across the state, especially in rural communities, and severely undercut the Patrol’s ability to fulfill its mission to safeguard the lives, property, and rights of people traveling through our state.
The MHP says that the proposed budget cuts come at a time when the MHP's calls for service are increasing, requests from other agencies for assistance are frequent, and Montana’s drug problem is worsening.
The MHP says that violence against law enforcement officers across the country from Dallas to Baton Rouge has "only intensified the risk associated with an already dangerous profession."
Fewer troopers on the road would make back up more difficult and put our troopers at a disadvantage, according to the MHP.
The MHP finished by stating: "We feel very privileged to serve the State of Montana and are hopeful that these reckless proposals will be resolved through the support of our community and the legislature. We thank you for your continued support in the upcoming months as we work towards creating a fair and equitable solution that does right by our employees and Montana citizens."