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Law enforcement careers bring brothers of same family to Missoula Co. Sheriff's Office

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They say law enforcement officers are like family, and for two Missoula County Sheriff’s deputies, that’s certainly true.

Ross and Gordy Jessop were practically born to be cops.

“I think it started when I was one. Because my dad was the very first Chief of Police of Pinesdale where I grew up,” Gordy said.

Gordy’s a patrol deputy for the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office. He put himself through the academy working and served as a deputy in Lincoln and Ravalli counties before coming to Missoula, and he says this is exactly where he wants to be.

“I love it. Best job in the world. I would like to just stay on the street as long as possible," he said. "I don’t want to be a detective or work behind a desk. I have no desire to do that. I like to be out dealing with the public and my brothers and sisters on the street.”

He shares the streets with his older brother, Ross, who is a deputy and the handler for the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office's K9 officer, Loki. He’s also on the bomb squad.

“I really like danger, yes,” Ross said.

Ross had contimplated other jobs in the MCSO until he was paired with his K9 partner and he found a perfect fit.

“It’s the best job I’ve ever had in law enforcement. My ultimate goal early was to be a street sergeant and that’s changed now," Ross said. "I spent some time in detectives and I really enjoy working narcotics-type cases. But after this dog thing, it’s the absolutely the most entertaining job in law enforcement you can imagine.”

Of the 14 siblings in their family, five are currently in law enforcement and they all serve in Western Montana. And where it may seem like they were preordained to a life in service, they say it was the right path to take.

The brothers say they talk shop at the dinner table, but also share a love for hunting, football and family.

But it’s the difference they’re making out in the public that makes the job so satisfying.

“When we see people at the hardest time of their lives, they remember what cop is there during that time. We have an opportunity to make a difference," Gordy said. 

I did ask Ross if he thinks any of his children will go into law enforcement and he said at this point, no, but there is that legacy so no doubt there will be more Jessops on the streets in the future.

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